CASAblanca Gala

Thank you for joining us at the 2014 CASAblanca Gala! Your incredible generosity helped us raise $445,000 for children in Austin who've been abused or neglected. These funds will ensure that almost 300 children have a CASA volunteer for an entire year! 

Enjoy photos from the 2014 gala:

2014 CASAblanca Gala photos by Chad Adams

Photography by Chad Adams

2014 CASAblanca Gala photos by Andrew Dorer

Photography by Andrew Dorer

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2014 Honoree

CASA of Travis County is proud to recognize The Honorable John Hathaway, Associate Judge, for his dedication to the best interest of children and youth in our community. Hundreds of youth in Austin have gotten to know Judge Hathaway as he has presided over their cases in both child protection and juvenile justice courts. All of these youth know that Judge Hathaway genuinely cares about them and wants them to succeed; they know they can trust him. He cheers them on when they triumph and holds them accountable, with encouragement, when they stumble. He has helped to bring important innovations to Travis County courts so that they can better serve our children, including, most recently, being among the leaders of a groundbreaking initiative to address the impacts of trauma on children and youth in foster care. Because of the role he has had in child protection cases, Judge Hathaway has often said, “For better or worse, I’ve helped to raise a lot of these kids.” At CASA, we know it’s for the better.

2014 Feature Story - Mariama & Dawn

Mariama immigrated from Liberia during her country’s civil war. She is currently attending Texas State University, working as a nanny and has an interest in becoming a lawyer. Dawn is a mom, a veteran and a small business owner. She has volunteered with CASA for 3 years and advocated for 7 children.

Auction Donors & Gifts

301 Luxury & Exotic Car Rental
ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Acupuncture Austin
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Apricot Lane Boutique
Audrey Kelly
Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog
Balance Dance Studios
Beau Kisses
Betty Lash
The Blanton Museum of Art
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Body Business Health Club & Spa
Boudro's Texas Bistro
Brass Ovaries 
Jennifer Brockwell
Buenos Aires Café
C. Donatiello Winery
Capital Cruises
Caudillo Studios
Circuit of the Americas
Cryo Studio of Austin
Jamie & Ashley Daugherty
Doc's Bar & Grill
Rosemary & Russell Douglass
Driftwood Estate Winery
Dripping Springs Vodka
Easely Amused

Elements Laser Spa
Esquina Tango
Fast Frame
Glazer's Distributing
Green Grass Beef
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
Hall's Plastic Surgery
David Hill
Debbie & Bryan Holley
Hotel Healdsburg
Hottie Pilates, LLC
Hula Hut
Hyatt Regency Austin
Inman Family Wines
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Savan Kotecha
Sonia Kotecha
Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers
MacPhail Family Wines
Maid Brigade
Maudie's Tex-Mex
Lee McPherson
Barrington Miles
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
Omni Hotels & Resorts
National Instruments
NFL Players Association
P. Terry's Burger Stand
The Paramount & State Theatres

Peggy's Porch Party
Plenty Boutique
Radiant Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Stewart Ramser
Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. of Austin, Texas
Ribbecke Guitars
John & Nicole Rivas
Russell Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches
Sanctuary Gift Boutique
Lauren Sanders
SC3 Catering & Private Chef Services
Sequana Vineyard
Solana Ranch
Stream Realty Partners
SXSW Festivals & Conferences
Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin
Thai Spice
Trapeze Austin
Reed Turner
VML Winery
The Wedding Specialist
Whole Earth Provision Company
The Woodhouse Day Spa Austin
ZACH Theatre
Zingers Bar & Grill

Sapphire Ring by Lyles DeGrazier


~ Breathtaking sapphire and diamond ring with a 9 x 12 mm oval blue sapphire (5 carat total weight) and 10 round diamonds (2 carat total weight) set in 14 carat white and yellow gold - Donated by Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers


~ One-of-a-kind guitar created exclusively for CASAblanca by master luthier Tom Ribbecke featuring a special inlay from renowned artist Larry Robinson - Donated by Ribbecke Guitars

~ Guitars signed by Metallica and ZZ Top - Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

~ Boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali - Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

~ Treat your inner adrenaline junkie to a ride for one in a vintage WWII Chinese aircraft, a 2-hour trapeze class with Trapeze Austin, 2 tickets to the MOTO GP and the X-Games, and finally enjoy a day of driving in a BMW M-6 - Donated by Barrington Miles, Trapeze Austin, Circuit of the Americas, 301 Luxury & Exotic Car Rental

Hotel Healdsburg

~ A trip for two to San Francisco and the Healdsburg wine country complete with a stay on Union Square, 49er’s tickets and two days in Sonoma County’s newest wine destination - Donated by Hotel HealdsburgNational Football Players Association, Nicole & John Rivas, VML Winery, Inman Family Wines, C. Donatiello Winery, Sequana Vineyard, MacPhail Family Wines, Tom Ribbecke and Jennifer Brockwell

Sheraton Kauai Resort

~ Beach Getaways: Enjoy 3 nights for two in a lush garden view room at the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Poipu, Kauai and then take a quick flight over to the big island of Hawaii for 3 nights at the newly remodeled Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Also enjoy 5 nights at the South Bay Beach Club on world-famous Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. This 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo is outfitted with everything you need for beachfront living. - Donated by Debbie & Bryan Holley, The Wedding Specialist and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Big Board:

New to CASAblanca is the Big Board Auction! Throughout the evening bids are placed on the board. After dinner, auctioneer Gayle Stallings will wrap up the bidding in a live auction format:

~ Redbird Jay Flight Simulator desktop flight simulation system - Donated by Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. of Austin, Texas

~ One week at a European chateau-inspired condo in Aspen - Donated by Lee McPherson

~ Electric guitar autographed by Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers - Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

~ Baseball autographed by Mickey Mantle - Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

~ Dinner party for eight with live music by local musician Reed Turner and home cleaning services - Donated by SC3 Catering & Private Chef Services, Reed Turner and Maid Brigade

~ Drive a Lamborghini for a day - Donated by 301 Luxury & Exotic Rental Cars

~ Woodhouse Organic Renewal Package including luxurious Woodhouse spa robe, cinnamon tea and other goodies - Donated by The Woodhouse Day Spa Austin


Download the list of Silent Auction packages!



Rhonda Chandler & Tracy Hamilton

2014 Gala Committee

Gala Chair - Rhonda Chandler

Committee - Erin Bogar, Elizabeth Cox, Patti David, Kelly Dodson, Tracy Hamilton, Peggy Hanna, Dana Kasling, Dawn Lanier, Nicole Rivas, Catherine Sansbury, Heather Vickers, Ashley Whitfield, Daphne Zuniga

CASA events are run by volunteer committees who coordinate with our Events Manager. For questions about CASAblanca or other events, please contact Events Manager, Chloe Rodriguez, at 512.539.2677 or via email.

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