CASA of the Bluegrass’ Taste of the Trace is Sept. 15

Published 7:24 pm Thursday, September 14, 2023

CASA of the Bluegrass is once again celebrating its annual Taste of the Trace event on Sept. 15. It will be from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse at Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort.

CASA serves abused, neglected, and dependent children in Anderson, Boyle, Franklin and Mercer County; advocates are appointed and empowered directly by the courts. CASA volunteers encourage and make recommendations for a child/children’s best interest by providing critical information about the needs and well-being of child victims in order to support a family court judge’s decision.

Taste of the Trace is a fundraiser to benefit CASA of the Bluegrass. The event will features a plethora of entertainment options, with food by Staxx BBQ and Hoggy’s Ice Cream, libations by Buffalo Trace and live music by country singer Gibson Wright, an up and coming Frankfort native.

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A silent auction will feature some of Kentucky’s finest spirits, art work, attraction tickets and more. Buffalo Trace will also be offering VIP distillery tour experiences. The evening will also include an interactive axe-throwing pop-up by Battle Axes.

This year’s honoree is Honorable Family Court Judge for the 48th Judicial Circuit, Squire Williams III who has successfully helped the CASA program serves hundreds of children in Franklin County.

Tickets for “Taste of the Trace” are on sale now, and can be purchased online at All proceeds benefit abused and neglected children of Central Kentucky through CASA of the Bluegrass, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serving Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, and Mercer counties. For more information, check out the event’s page on Facebook.

Taste of the Trace is a social gathering where community members are encouraged to mingle, have fun, and listen to the experiences of CASA Advocates. Statistics show children assigned a CASA volunteer are half as likely to re-enter foster care, twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home and twice as likely to graduate high school. They also score higher than children without the help of a CASA volunteer on protective components like: feeling accepted, controlling deviant behavior, maintaining a positive attitude about the future, valuing achievement, being a team player and resolving conflict.

CASA recruits and trains volunteers to serve as court-appointed special advocates for children involved in court proceedings due to conflict at home. These skilled volunteers provide judges with independent information to help court systems work to improve each child’s future.

To explore how you can become a CASA volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, visit