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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
Austin Panic Room
Austin Steam Train Association
Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary
Babineau Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
Barton Springs Bike Rentals
Bel Canto Farms
Jessica and Jimmy Blacklock
The Blanton Museum of Art
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Body Business Health Club & Spa
Boudro’s Texas Bistro
Sherry and Darby Brockette
The Cabernet Grill
Tammy and Peter Caciola
The Candy Jar
Capitol City Comedy Club
Chaparral Ice Center
Colorado High Vodka
Coutures by Laura
Patti and Zoltan David
Denise Bell Skincare
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
Four Elements Aerial & Creative Movement
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center
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
Krystal Luxuries LLS
Lip Service Beauty Concierge
Liz James Design
Love Style Inc.
Lyles-DeGrazier Wholesale Jewelers
The Melting Pot
Monger’s Market + Kitchen
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.
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
Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek
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
South Austin Brewery
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
Tito’s Homemade Vodka
Trudy’s/South Congress Cafe
Van Beacham’s Solitary Angler
Vintage Villas Hotel
Emily and Daniel Walker
Nick & Amber Watney
The Wedding Specialist
Whole Earth Provision Company
Woodhouse Day Spa
Zimmet Vein and Dermatology Clinic
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.
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.