As the heat index hovers around the century mark, Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) invites area residents to dine out for a good cause Friday night

The agency will host its annual CASA “Celebrity Wait Night” fund raiser Friday, July 14 at the Claremore Pizza Hut, 600 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.

Families arrive at the Claremore Pizza Hut between 5-9 p.m. on Friday, order anything off the menu, enjoy delicious pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and salads, and receive special treatment from Claremore-area celebrity waiters.

At the end of the evening, Pizza Hut will contribute 15 percent of the evening’s dinner sales to Tri-County CASA for its important volunteer advocacy work in the Rogers County juvenile courts.

“CASA’s Celebrity Wait Night is a great opportunity to get mom out of the kitchen and to help deprived children simultaneously,” said Angela Henderson, CASA’s Program Director.

Tri-County CASA is a non-profit agency that recruits and trains volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused or neglected children involved in the juvenile court system of Rogers, Mayes, and Craig counties. Judges assign these volunteers to serve as “court-appointed special advocates” or CASAs.

They provide an extra set of eyes and ears to the court as judges make decisions about each child’s future.

“Our celebrity waiters will be accepting tips for their work Friday evening and will generously donate those funds to the CASA program,” Henderson said.

Henderson said all of the celebrity waiters have been long-standing friends of Tri-County CASA.

“Mickey Perry has been with us since the beginning of Celebrity Wait Night, while several of the other waiters, including Jerry Prather, have been helping us for nearly ten years,” Henderson said.

To learn more about Tri-County CASA or Celebrity Wait Night or for more information about how to volunteer as an advocate, please contact the CASA Office at 343-1515.