In true Del Norte fashion, two local businesses — Fog Bank Clothing Company and Olive Wood Designs — teamed up to create a raffle to fundraise for the nonprofit, Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, of Del Norte.
Contestants purchased $5 raffle tickets at Fog Bank Clothing Company for a chance to win two painted wood art pieces, handmade by local artist Vanessa Duncan of Olive Wood Designs. All proceeds went to CASA of Del Norte, which assists in-need and at-risk children in the juvenile court process by providing trained volunteers to advocate in the child’s best interest.
The fundraiser brought in a total of $3,750. Fog Bank Co-owners, Tommy Burley and Joe Hanks, presented an oversized check to CASA on Friday. Fog Bank’s mascot Bigfoot was also in attendance. Burley said he appreciates all the work CASA has done in the community.
“The kids are our future, and they’re mental well-being at those young ages sets them up for the future, so the more kids we can make sure are on the right path at a younger age, the better off we will be as a community,” said Burley.
While Duncan was not there to present the check, her art raised the money. She said when Burley presented the idea for the fundraiser with her pieces as a prize, she was all for it.
“Hopefully the raffle brought more awareness to the work done by the dedicated staff and volunteers at CASA. Fog Bank picked a great organization to donate the money to and I hope we can do another raffle some day,” Duncan wrote in an email to the Triplicate.
Olive Wood Designs is on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/olive.wood.designs/ and Fog Bank Clothing Company is located at 275 L St. in Crescent City.