Starting today & continuing through October, Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Franklin and Puckett’s Boat House will be selling raffle tickets to win the Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)’s 2017 Playhouse. This incredible nonprofit provides volunteers to advocate in court on behalf of children in Williamson County who have been in situations of neglect or abuse.
As one of its largest fundraisers of the year, CASA sells raffle tickets for a playhouse donated by local partners. This year’s Playhouse was professionally designed and constructed by Franklin Firefighters Charities, and it is valued at approximately $6,000!
During the month of October, our guests can purchase a raffle ticket for just $10 from either restaurant to be entered in the drawing to win the Playhouse. Tickets are typically sold for $20, and A. Marshall Family Foods — our parent company — will cover the remaining $10 for each ticket purchased.
“We look forward to the CASA Playhouse drawing every year,” says Marianne Schroer, Executive Director at Williamson County CASA. “Diners at Puckett’s and Puckett’s Boat House who purchase a ticket are truly making a difference in the lives of children in Williamson County.”
Inspired by the designs of HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines (we know y’all love some Chip & Joanna), the Playhouse will have details like a metal roof with an awning, an exposed beam interior ceiling complete with a chandelier, wiring for electricity and a custom-made front door. Um, yes please. Can we just live there?!
Tom Zazzetti, our GM at Puckett’s Franklin, has a very personal connection to the CASA organization. Originally from Joliette, Illinois, Tom and his family moved to the Franklin area nearly three years ago. While in Illinois, the Zazzettis began the process of gaining custody of their niece, Brooklyn. Her mother interacted with drugs, so Brooklyn became a ward of the state of Illinois. CASA of Will County provided Brooklyn with consultation, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
“We wanted to go through this process in the best way possible for Brooklyn. We worked with CASA of Will County for nearly 3 years, and they helped guide us through uncharted territory,” Tom says. “We were able to officially adopt Brooklyn in February of this year.”
When Tom started working as the new GM in Franklin, the ladies from CASA came in Puckett’s for lunch one day. Tom started talking to them and told them his story, and he wanted to get the restaurant involved with CASA. He mentioned the organization to our owner, Andy Marshall, and Andy absolutely loved the idea of supporting the Playhouse and CASA. We’re now entering our third year of selling Playhouse tickets, and we never cease to be amazed by the difficult and crucial work Williamson County CASA does for countless children and families in our community.
“The CASA organization guided my family through a difficult situation, and the support they’ve provided us has been amazing.” Tom says. “Fundraising is critical for CASA to be able to assist children and families who find themselves in the same situation that I was in, so the A. Marshall team is always eager to give back to them in any way that we can.”
All proceeds from raffle ticket sales will benefit CASA, and the winner will be drawn on the main stage during Pumpkinfest in Franklin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 28!
Please call Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in Franklin at (615) 794-5527 or Puckett’s Boat House at (615) 790-2309 with any questions. For more information about Williamson County CASA, visit www.williamsoncountycasa.org.