John Coles, Coordinator of Quartz Mountain Diamondback 100, presents Shirley Sutherland, Executive Director of 3rd District CASA, a check for $5,000 from the proceeds of the Bike Ride that was held in August at the Altus Reservoir. Coles said, "The ride was very successful, (bragging of the 155 riders who particpated - most from outside of the Altus area) this money will replace a previous grant no longer available which paid the office rent/utilities.” The funds came on the tail announcement from National CASA Association that 3rd District CASA, Inc. has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. This certification recognizes that 3rd District CASA, Inc. is in compliance with National CASA's high standards for quality child advocacy. According to Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association, "The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf. This certification says 3rd District CASA has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community." 3rd District CASA serves the abused children in Jackson and Harmon counties. For more information about CASA, phone 482-4600.