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:
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
Elements Laser Spa
Peggy's Porch Party
~ 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
~ 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 Healdsburg, National Football Players Association, Nicole & John Rivas, VML Winery, Inman Family Wines, C. Donatiello Winery, Sequana Vineyard, MacPhail Family Wines, Tom Ribbecke and Jennifer Brockwell
~ 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
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
~ 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
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, Jen Lester, at 512.539.2677 or via email.