Douglas County, Kansas

Winds Across the Prairie

Douglas County CASA's 4th annual benefit concert featuring the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dean Paul Popiel, is planned for Friday, September 20, 2024 at Sadie's Lake, a private property in southern Douglas County. Guests will receive a gourmet picnic dinner provided by Evan Williams Catering to enjoy during the concert.
Our goal for 2024 is to raise $170,000 to support our work of best interest advocacy for children from Douglas County who have experienced abuse and neglect. Please see the sponsor list below.

Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 am on June 21st. Sign up for CASA's e-news updates to hear more details about the exact date & time of the sale. (NOTE: Tickets for the 2023 event sold out in just over an hour.)

Winds Across the Prairie is a beloved evening of beautiful music, gourmet food & gorgeous views that takes place at a different picturesque, private Douglas County setting each year and brings together the talented musicians of the KU Wind Ensemble with music-loving child advocacy sponsors and supporters. In 2023, sponsors, attendees and additional donors came together to raise over $150,000.00 to support critical advocacy for local children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We are all humbled by their compassion and generosity.

Photos from Winds Across the Prairie 2023 (held at Juniper Hill Farm & Table) courtesy ofJeff Burkhead / Backstory Photography can be found on the CASA Facebook page.

Winds Across the Prairie 2024 Steering Committee: Mary Boatright, Tom Karasek,  Jill LaPoint, The Hon. Paula Martin, Cindy Maude, Mike Treanor and Chuck & Karen Warner.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of Winds Across the Prairie 2024:

Presenting Sponsors:
CEK Insurance
Piller, Lynn
Seymour, Helen
Guardian Sponsor:
Mar Lan Construction
Advocate Sponsors:
Josh and Amanda Davis
Edmonds Duncan
Steve and Chris Edmonds
Matt and Becky Foerschler
Kindred CPA, LLC
Patrick and Dana Knorr
Kurt Goeser - State Farm Insurance
Turformance Lawn Services, LLC
Jeff and Mary Weinberg
Mentor Sponsors:

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