CASAblanca Gala

You're invited to the 2016 CASAblanca gala!

Saturday, February 6th, 6:15 pm* at the JW Marriott Austin!

You’re invited to CASAblanca, a night of elegance and generosity that will give hundreds of children the constant guiding light of a CASA volunteer. In 2016, we are hosting our annual CASAblanca Gala on Saturday, February 6 at the beautiful new JW Marriott Austin Hotel (110 E 2nd St) complete with exciting auctions, a casino after-party, delicious cuisine and the inspiring stories of CASA children and volunteers.

Black Tie Attire, *Powerful Voice Society Reception begins at 5:30 pm

Tickets - $200

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5:30 pm - Powerful Voice Society Reception (Invitation Only)
Featuring special performance by Patricia Vonne, first view of auctions, passed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and more

6:15 pm - Check-In Begins, Open Cocktail Hour, Mystery Box, Silent Auction, Big Board Auction, VIP Lounge Ticket Sales, Photo Booth

7:30 pm - Big Board Auction Pauses
Big Board will reopen after dinner for live auction style wrap-up

7:45 pm - Dinner is Served

8:30 pm - Program, Live Auction & Fund-a-Need 
Silent Auction bidding closes

9:45 pm - Big Board Auction Final Bids, Casino After-Party, VIP Lounge & Swag Bar, Photo Booth, Cash Bar

10:30 pm - Auction Check-out Opens

11:50 pm - Casino Prize Drawings
Cash out chips at the craps table for tickets and place tickets in bingo drum near the Big Board auction

Location & Parking

The JW Marriott Hotel Austin is located at 110 E 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701. Parking at the hotel is $25 for valet on 2nd Street and $15 for self-parking under the hotel (entrance on Brazos). Additional self-parking is available in the Austin Convention Center 2nd Street Parking Garage at 201 E 2nd St (garage entrances are on Brazos and San Jacinto). View our parking map. 

Drive a Honda? Complimentary valet parking provided by our sponsor First Texas Honda available at the JW Marriott to our guests driving a Honda.

When you arrive at the JW Marriott, please enter through the doors on 2nd Street and take escalators to check-in on 3rd floor. If you self park under the hotel, please take elevator to the 3rd floor where a CASAblanca volunteer will direct you to the check-in area.

Mobile Bidding

This year, we are excited to announce that we will be using mobile bidding for the Silent Auction! Email us your mobile phone number now to be ready to bid upon arrival. If we do not have your mobile number when you arrive, you will be asked for it at check-in. Don't want to provide your mobile number or bring your mobile device to the event? No worries! There will be several Bid Assistants available in the Silent Auction area and in the ballroom during dinner to place your bid. Mobile bidding will allow you to bid on your favorite packages while you enjoy the event, set maximum bids, alert you when you have been outbid and will allow us to let you bid longer. The Silent Auction will now be open through dinner and will close just prior to the program beginning at 8:30 pm! Download the complete mobile bidding instructions.

New for 2016 - Mystery Box

Try your luck with our new Mystery Boxes! For just $100, pick your Mystery Box full of fun prizes (with values from $100 - $800). You never know what you might get – gift cards to local restaurants or maybe even a weekend getaway. Make sure you buy your Mystery Box before dinner… only 100 available!

Mystery Box donors include Horseshoe Bay Resort, YETI Coolers, Body Business Health Club & Spa, The Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, Zimmet Vein and Dermatology Clinic, Pilates by Nona, and over 100 more!

New for 2016 - VIP Lounge & Swag Bar

Step away from the casino crowds and join us after dinner in our VIP Lounge featuring private casino tables, a drink ticket for a signature cocktail, beer or wine, and the opportunity to create your own Swag Bag with up to 5 items from our Swag Bar. Tickets are $100 each. 

Live Auction

"Guiding Light" Necklace Designed Exclusively for CASAblanca by Zoltan David

Guiding Light by Zoltan David

Guiding Light by Zoltan David

Three years after he first debuted an original work for CASAblanca, we welcome Mr. Zoltan David back to our live auction! Zoltan has created a piece exclusively for the 2016 CASAblanca Gala. 

“There are few things I love more or am inspired by more than children. When I see them needing help, when I see them overcome adversity and become honorable young adults, these things move me in my heart, so it is, emotionally and intellectually, a very easy thing to dedicate a one-of-a-kind design to CASA to support the children.

This custom-designed piece is titled “Guiding Light,” and it is made of Black Knightsteel and 18K gold, with a 22K gold inlay. It features a vivid 1.08 ct. yellow princess-cut diamond (HPHT), VVS2 clarity in the center of the piece, and is accented with seven .02 ct. intense yellow diamonds. As a one-of-a-kind piece, it will never be made again. The pendant is constructed in 14 separate parts, finished to perfection and masterfully assembled. 

“Of course it is complicated in its engineering… that is how I like to make pieces. I spent many hours just in the design phase and my staff of artisans and I spent many more days completing it. This piece is dedicated and created specifically for the children of CASA. It is an inspired piece that I hope will uplift all who view it.” - Zoltan David 

Sir Zoltan David is a Hungarian-born American jewelry designer. In 1980, he opened his studio here in Texas called Zoltan David Precious Metal Art. In 2007, Mr. David was selected as one of the Top 100 Designers of the Past 30 Years in a poll conducted by National Jeweler Magazine. In 2010, he received the “Designers Award” at the International Pearl Design Competition. These are just a few of his many accomplishments. 

Donated by Patti & Zoltan David

Great Beach Getaways


Grand Cayman


If sun and sand are your idea of a good time, this package is for you. Enjoy 5 nights at the South Bay Beach Club on world-famous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. Whether you prefer lying at the oceanside pool or snorkeling among tropical fish, this 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo is outfitted with everything you need for beachfront living.  

Want more sand between your toes? You and a friend will also enjoy 3 nights at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. At the foot of legendary Black Rock, this sprawling Kaanapali Beach resort welcomes travelers to a world of relaxation and discovery. Every guest room is newly renovated and comfortably appointed with breathtaking views of lush gardens, lava rock waterways or swimming lagoons. This package also includes $1,500 towards airfare.

Restrictions: Sheraton Maui Resort must be redeemed by 2.6.17 and some blackout dates may apply. South Bay Beach Club must be redeemed by 2.6.17 and based on availability.

Donated by Deborah Holley, The Wedding Specialist and Prime Contractors, Inc.

Albuquerque Adventure

Albuquerque Adventure

Enjoy a 5-night stay in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico in this lovely 3-bedroom, 3-bath home that sleeps 6-8 people. Sitting on 3 acres of land, this home is perfect for that family trip you have been meaning to plan or a getaway for you and your friends. This home is located in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains just a few blocks from the trailhead. Visit Albuquerque any time of year and always find something to do for everyone: ski in the winter, hike in the summer or attend the world famous Balloon Fiesta in the fall. This package also includes 50,000 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points.

Restrictions: Must be redeemed by 2.6.17. Blackout dates include Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend. Subject to availability. 

Donated by Sherry & Darby Brockette and Jennifer Brockwell

Private Dinner from Jack Allen’s Kitchen with Concert from Patricia Vonne

Private Dinner from Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Private Concert with Patricia Vonne

Let local chef extraordinaire Jack Gilmore and staff host a private dinner for 12 at a location of your choosing, featuring Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s kicked up cuisine and a signature drink. Gather your friends and appetites for this amazing opportunity of food, drinks and great company! Local in source, Texan in spirit not only in the kitchen, but in the community, is what Jack Allen’s Kitchen is all about. Executive Chef and owner Jack Gilmore, along with partner Tom Kamm set out to provide Central Texas with fresh, locally sourced food that puts smiles on faces while simultaneously giving back to those who need it most.

And don't forget the entertainment! This package includes a private concert with award-winning artist Patricia Vonne. Growing up in San Antonio, Vonne listened to diverse music: country, rock, jazz, pop, conjunto and Tejano styles. “When I started writing my own music, which is also a hybrid mix of sound and flavors, I felt a need to preserve and honor the rich cultural heritage of my upbringing,” she says. Her song, "Traeme Paz," was featured in the film Once Upon a Time in Mexico, starring Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. In 2014, Vonne won Best Female Vocalist at the Austin Music Awards.

Donated by Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Jack Gilmore and Patricia Vonne

Guitar Autographed by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones

Keith Richards Guitar


Guitarist Keith Richards is one of the driving forces behind the Rolling Stones, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band.” Rolling Stone Magazine credited Richards for “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranked him 4th on its 100 Greatest Guitarists list. The autograph is PSA/DNA certified. 

Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

Outdoorsman Experience: Fly fishing and hunting in Colorado and Texas

Exclusive Fly Fishing Excursion

Texas Hunt Lodge

For 3 days you and a friend will enjoy the scenic landscapes of southern Colorado while fly fishing in your own private stream with Van Beacham’s Solitary Angler. The Solitary Angler will provide a dedicated guide to accompany you on your trip. After long days of fishing, spend your evenings at Trinchera Lodge, a deluxe 5-star accommodation featuring exquisite fine dining, outstanding service and a mountain setting with views that will blow you away! 

Next enjoy a 2-night stay at the Texas Hunt Lodge on the Guadalupe River with a fully guided day of hunting for 2. Feel like a professional with your own video crew from 1023media. 1023media will join you on your hunt and shoot your very own promo video. Texas Hunt Lodge includes bed and breakfast style accommodations with food and drinks for 2 nights.

Restrictions: Trinchera Lodge must be redeemed by 2.6.17 and additional fees will apply if you request specific liquor. Texas Hunt Lodge must be redeemed by 9.15.16 and hunters must pay trophy fees. 1023media services subject to availability.

Donated by Sherry & Darby Brockette, Van Beacham’s Solitary Angler, 1023media and Texas Hunt Lodge

Cowboys for Him and Diamonds for Her

Dallas Cowboys

Enjoy 2 tickets to a Cowboys home football game of your choice during the 2016 season and an autographed Cowboys football helmet signed by 2 of the Cowboys greats: Emmitt Smith & Troy Aikman. Because diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend, your Dallas trip will be enhanced with a $3,500 shopping spree at Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers. Wrap up the fun with dinner and drinks at celebrity chef Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove restaurant in Fort Worth with a $400 gift card.

Restrictions: Lyles-DeGrazier gift certificate must be redeemed by 2.6.17.

Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass, Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers, National Football League Players Association and Love Style Inc.

A Ribbecke Guitar for the True Music Lover

Ribbecke Guitar


Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned musician, this guitar is a work of art that your hands will be itching to play. Utilizing elements of both flattop and archtop guitar design, Ribbecke creates versatile guitars with enhanced bass sound and greater feedback suppression.

Ribbecke crafted this unique guitar specifically for CASA of Travis County. Featuring a soaring eagle inlay on the headstock by artist Larry Robinson, stars on the fretboard and the Battlefield Cross on the back, this guitar serves as a poignant reminder of not only the ultimate sacrifice but also the strength of the American spirit. 

Donated by Ribbecke Guitar Company

Big Board Auction

Before dinner all bids are posted on the Big Board. After dinner, it becomes a live auction! 

5:30 pm - Big Board opens with bids posted on board
7:30 pm - Big Board bidding closes for dinner
9:45 pm - Big Board final bids in live auction format

Big Board Packages

Phil Mickelson Autographed Master’s Flag and Book
Donated by Nick & Amber Watney

Roger Staubach Autographed Jersey
Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

Pink Floyd Autographed Guitar 
Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

Cooking Lesson with Jack Gilmore from Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Custom Knife
Donated by Weige Knives, Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Kelly & Lee Dodson

MOTOGP Tickets
Donated by Kelly & Lee Dodson

San Antonio Spurs Weekend with Box Seats
Donated by Lori Smithers

A Weekend in Fredericksburg
Donated by Lori Smithers, Off the Vine, Timeless Menagerie, The Cabernet Grill and The Shopkeeper’s Inn

One Week in Winter Park
Donated by Emily & Danny Walker

Two-Night Stay at Travaasa
Donated by Travaasa Austin

Reunion Ranch Retreat
Donated by The Quintos Family

Auction Donors

Zoe Alexander
Austin Opera
Austin Panic Room
Austin Steam Train Association
Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
Babineau Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
Baggu Bag
Barley Swine
Barton Springs Bike Rentals
Bel Canto Farms
Billy Jealousy
Birds Barbershop
Jessica and Jimmy Blacklock
The Blanton Museum of Art
Blast Blowdry
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Body Business Health Club & Spa
Boudro’s Texas Bistro
Sherry and Darby Brockette
Jennifer Brockwell
By George
The Cabernet Grill
Tammy and Peter Caciola
The Candy Jar
Capital Cruises
Capital Genealogy
Capitol City Comedy Club
Chalk Gymnasium
Chaparral Ice Center
Colorado High Vodka
COOLA Suncare
Coutures by Laura
Cutco Kitchen
Patti and Zoltan David
Deep Eddy
Denise Bell Skincare
Disneyland Park
Kelly and Lee Dodson
Dolce Blu EyeLash Studio & Brow
Rosemary and Russell Douglass
Dr. Holcomb and Hill Country Animal Hospital
The Driskill Hotel
Embellish Nails & Boutique
Emi B Bad
EPIC Entertainment
Esquina Tango
Four Elements Aerial & Creative Movement
Franklin’s Barbecue

Jack Gilmore
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center
Highland Lanes
Hilton Austin
Deborah Holley
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Hutson Clothing Co.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Jacques Dessange Salon
James Avery Jewelry
Johnny Was Clothing
JW Marriott Austin
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Kramer Portraits
Krystal Luxuries LLS
La Patisserie
Tracy Lartigue
Lash Pixie
Lip Service Beauty Concierge
Liz James Design
Lizabeth Jewelry
Longhorn Rentals
Love Style Inc.
Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers
The Maids
Main Event
Maudie’s Tex-Mex
The Melting Pot
Monger’s Market + Kitchen
Myo Massage
National Football League Players Association
Off the Vine
Oz at the Guitar Store
P. Terry’s Burger Stand
Perry’s Restaurant Group
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
Pilates Bodies & Barre
Pilates by Nona
Kari and Lee Potts
Prime Contractors, Inc.
Pure Austin
Pure Barre
The Quintos Family
Red Stella Salon
Restora Austin Plastic Surgery Centre

Ribbecke Guitar Company
Robin Jackson Photography
Round Rock Express Baseball Club
Russell Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches
Russell’s Bakery & Coffee Bar
S.W. Basics
Sage Dentistry
Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek
Samuels Diamonds
San Luis Spirits, Inc
Sanctuary Gift Boutique
Catherine and Charles Sansbury
Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts
School of Rock Austin
Sea Glass Fine Art Photography
The Shopkeeper’s Inn 
Lori Smithers
Solana Ranch
South Austin Brewery
Allison Sperling
Steve Armstrong
Stuart Weitzman
Texas Hill Country Olive Co.
Texas Honey Ham Company
Texas Hunt Lodge
Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin
Thomas Fallon Photography
Timeless Menagerie
Tito’s Homemade Vodka
Topgolf Austin
Travaasa Austin
Trudy’s/South Congress Cafe
Uchi Restaurants
Van Beacham’s Solitary Angler
Vintage Villas Hotel
Vintage Ware
Patricia Vonne
Emily and Daniel Walker
Nick & Amber Watney
The Wedding Specialist
Weige Knives
Whish Body
Whole Earth Provision Company
Woodhouse Day Spa
YETI Coolers
Yoga Yoga
ZACH Theatre
Zimmet Vein and Dermatology Clinic
Zoltan David

Become a 2016 Sponsor

The funds raised at CASAblanca provide dedicated volunteers to hundreds of children each year, and we want you to be a part of it. Last year, 700 children still needed a CASA volunteer. You can help ensure that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect has a CASA volunteer speaking up for their best interest by sponsoring CASAblanca! As a sponsor you will enjoy many benefits including recognition before and during the event as well as tickets to CASAblanca (benefits determined by sponsorship level). 

Please download our 2016 sponsor packet for details on all of our sponsorship opportunities and benefits. You can send in the attached form along with your check or pay online!

For questions about sponsoring this event, please contact Development Director Kelly Perkins at 512.539.2670 or via email.

2015 Gala Photography by Mario Villeda:

CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos


CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos


CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos
CASAblanca 2015 Photos

2016 Gala Committee

Gala Chair - Kelly Dodson

Honorary Chair - Tracy Hamilton

Committee - Sarah Batch, Sherry Rivard-Brockette, Krissy Cooley, Allison Curlee, Patti David, Kelly Ditta, Shanna Igo, Dana Kasling, Kelley Lightfoot, Catherine Sansbury, Lori Smithers, Emily Twitchell, Abby Vasek, Emily Walker, Ashley Whitfield

CASA events are run by volunteer committees who coordinate with our Events Manager. For questions about joining the committee or about the event in general, please contact Events Manager Erin Kozma at 512.539.2677 or via email.