Elizabeth Smart
Elizabeth Smart
Three local nonprofit organizations, Joe’s Kids, The Baker Youth Club (BYC) and Court Appointed Special Advocate of Kosciusko County (CASA) made the decision to postpone “An Evening with Elizabeth Smart,” originally scheduled for April 23, due to county and state guidelines precautions for social distancing for the COVID-19 virus.

According to a news release provided, “We take the health and safety of our community very seriously and feel this is the best course of action. We are working with Elizabeth Smart’s team to reschedule this event. All existing tickets will be honored at the rescheduled event. If you have pre-purchased a book, it will now be available at the rescheduled event. The date for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.”

Smart was kidnapped at 14 on June 5, 2002, by Brian David Mitchell from her home in the Federal Heights neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was held captive by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, and later, in San Diego County, Calif. Her captivity lasted about nine months before she was discovered in Sandy, Utah, approximately 18 miles from her home.

Joe’s Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pediatric rehab clinic providing occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children with special needs. Their mission is to help each child reach their full potential and to support and educate their parents along the way.

CASA of Kosciusko County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which advocates for the best interest of abused and neglected children who are entangled in the Kosciusko County court system by recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

BYC is a nonprofit 501(C3) organization with a focus is on education, health and social skill building. BYC offers before- and after-school programming and a nine-week summer program.

For more information, contact CASA of Kosciusko County at 574-372-2401 or email casa@kcgov.com.