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Second annual Winds Across the Prairie concert to benefit Douglas County CASA; tickets go on sale Friday

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A September concert, set during the golden hour at a private estate overlooking Clinton Lake, will benefit an organization that works to support children through the foster and court system.

About 60 student musicians in the University of Kansas’ Wind Ensemble will perform in the second annual “Winds Across the Prairies” on Sept. 9. Proceeds will benefit recruitment, training and supervision of volunteers for Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA.

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Roughly 165 kids are in foster care in Douglas County at any given time, according to a news release from CASA. The organization can currently support 101 of them, and CASA leaders hope the event will help expand their reach.

“CASA volunteers are often the only trusted, dedicated adults who remain in the lives of these children while they’re under court protection and the caregivers, case managers, teachers and other adults in their lives come and go,” Sarah Hoadley, development coordinator for CASA, said in the release.

The event is modeled after Symphony in the Flint Hills. Evan Williams Catering will create farm-to-table picnic baskets for those in attendance.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our community, including Evan Williams and the talented KU Wind Ensemble, to be able to offer this event in support of CASA’s child advocacy work again this fall,” Hoadley said.

Read more about the first concert and see a video at this link.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 10 on CASA’s website.

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