CASAblanca - Keeping Kids in the Spotlight
 

Thank you to the nearly 650 guests who joined us on Saturday, February 4th, at the JW Marriott Austin for CASAblanca, an evening of fun, philanthropy and old Hollywood glamour! With the support of generous sponsors, donors and guests, our annual gala raised a record $645,000, enough for us to give 430 children the powerful voice of a CASA volunteer for one year.


2017 Gala Photography by Chad W Adams Photography:

CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos

 

CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos

 

CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos

 

CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Photos

 

2017 Step and Repeat Photography by Nicholas Brooks Photography

See full step and repeat album on Dropbox

CASAblanca 2017 Step and Repeat Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Step and Repeat Photos
CASAblanca 2017 Step and Repeat Photos

Live Auction Packages

The 007 Experience

The 007 Experience

The 007 Experience

Have you always imagined yourself as a secret agent? Now is your chance to live the life of Bond… James Bond. Get the look with a one-of-a-kind, handmade tuxedo tailored to fit only you by Italian designers B&P Company. Accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds driving an all-electric Tesla Model S for a day. Step into high society with two tickets to the Victory Cup Polo Match and a two-hour polo lesson with Leigh Fulkerson, the Austin delegate to the United States Polo Association. Use your new Black Fret Membership to gain VIP access to some of Austin’s finest local musicians. Test your acquired skills by solving a million dollar heist at The Escape Game. Relax after all of your adventures by coming home to the perfect martini… shaken, not stirred.

Donated by B&P Company, Tesla Motors, Leigh Fulkerson, ATX Polo Club, Black Fret, The Escape Game, Karen & Lance Sallis, Carolyn & Ty Allen and Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin

Grand Cayman Island and Power Catamaran

 Grand Cayman Island and Power Catamaran

 Grand Cayman Island and Power Catamaran

Bask in the warmth of the Caribbean sun as you enjoy five nights at the South Bay Beach Club on the world-famous Seven Mile Beach! This stunning 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo is outfitted with everything you need to take advantage of the unsurpassed snorkeling and diving opportunities on gorgeous Grand Cayman.

Throw on your snorkeling gear and dive into the refreshingly warm waters of the Caribbean Sea for breathtaking views of tropical fish in the coral reef just off the beach. Then kick back and relax as Mainstay Sailing whisks you away for a private 4-hour adventure on their magnificent 47-foot Leopard Power Catamaran complete with a full galley, four en-suite double cabins and a wet bar. Your $1,000 American Express gift card can cover airfare or other adventures. End the day with an invigorating stroll down the pristine beach and enjoy the remarkable colors of a Caribbean sunset.

Donated by Deborah Holley, Joy & Jonathan Green, Mainstay Sailing and Ashley & Ryan Brueckner

Alpine Skiing in Telluride, Colorado

Alpine Skiing in Telluride, Colorado

Spend a week at 9,545 feet in a charmingly remodeled 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath, log cabin condo that sleeps up to eight. Located in Mountain Village, Colorado, the cabin is just moments away from the free gondola ride to historic Telluride. Hit the slopes with your family as you don ski gear rentals for eight from Sail & Ski Center. Enjoy the charm and beauty of this European-style alpine village and then relax by the fire with your family over snacks and cocoa. Feel like a night on the town? Sink your teeth into a classic steakhouse dinner with a $200 gift card to the New Sheridan Hotel Chop House Restaurant, considered to be the best restaurant in Telluride, and have drinks after at There Bar with a $100 gift certificate. Spend an afternoon shopping with $100 to Two Skirts, a high-end women's boutique carrying apparel, accessories, make-up, shoes and jewelry. Your $1,000 American Express gift card can cover airfare or other adventures during your trip!

Donated by Carolyn & Ty Allen, Sail & Ski Center, New Sheridan Hotel Chop House Restaurant, Dana Tomlin, There Bar and Two Skirts

Party at My Place!

Party at My Place!

Party at My Place!

Party at My Place!

Have an unforgettable dining experience as Chef Michael Wards, Founder and Executive Chef of The Austin Artisan, creates a perfect three-course culinary adventure for eight in your own home. Chef Wards is “freakishly obsessed with redefining the way you think about food,” and specializes in crafting customized menus, sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients, and executing with meticulous detail. Chef Wards shares a personal connection with CASA’s mission:

“As a small business owner, I believe it is my duty to be a responsible steward of community. Since I started my business, I have been committed to giving back and helping those who are less fortunate, particularly kids. When I was 7 years old, my mother was killed. Although I was not neglected or abused, I didn’t have anyone to speak up for me or protect and shield me from the realities of the court system. Imagine having to take the stand in a murder trial at 7 years old and recount a horrific event that you didn’t quite understand. Sure, I had family, but in many ways, they were distracted by their own shock and grief. So, I remember feeling alone and scared. It is my hope that with what small amount of support I can give; there will be at least one less child who has to experience those feelings of fear, loneliness, and confusion… as the story goes, it mattered to that starfish.” – Chef Michael Wards

Complete your dinner party with drinks, décor and live music. Imagine your home decked out in beautiful florals from Jennifer West Floral Designs, live music from Those Poor Serfs or The Austonettes a capella group (winner’s choice), and your friends enjoying a tasting flight and cocktail pairing from George Clooney and Rande Gerber's CASAMIGOS Tequila, the "Best Tequila in the World" according to Men's Journal. Your friends will learn that, like the tequila, yours is truly a "house of friends."

Donated by The Austin Artisan, Chef Michael Wards, CASAMIGOS Tequila, Jennifer West Floral Designs, Those Poor Serfs and The Austonettes

Float like a Butterfly and Sting like a Beatle

Float like a Butterfly and Sting like a Beatle

Take home history with two signed and framed photographs for the sports and music collector! The first is a spectacular 20x24 black and white photograph of Muhammad Ali and the Beatles from a 1964 photo shoot, signed by both Muhammad Ali and Paul McCartney. Pair it with a black and white 16x20 photo of Ali, then Cassius Clay, from the 1960 Olympics in Rome where he won a gold medal at 18 years old. Both photos and their signatures are fully certified for authenticity and are a must have for any collector. 

Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

A Vacation for All Seasons in Steamboat Springs

A Vacation for All Seasons in Steamboat Springs

Whether you love snowy winter skiing, or hiking and biking in the warm outdoors, you can find it in this weeklong Rocky Mountain getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colorado! Come out for a winter wonderland and discover Champagne Powder, the unbelievably light snow that earned Steamboat Springs the name Ski Town, U.S.A. If skiing isn't your style, travel in summer and enjoy hiking and mountain bike trails second to none, rivers you can fish, tube, kayak or play in, lakes that will take your breath away, golf courses to challenge every club in your bag, and meadows of wildflowers that define summer in the Colorado mountains. No matter the season, this weeklong vacation in a 3-bedroom, 3-bath, ski-in ski-out condo will be perfect to enjoy the more than 60 bars and restaurants, museums, art galleries, festivals, rodeos, concerts, trail runs, marathons and more that Steamboat Springs has to offer. The condo includes hot tub and workout room access, plus door-to-door shuttles in winter. Your $500 American Express gift card can cover airfare or other adventures during your trip!

Donated by Rachel & Chris Butler and Allison Curlee & James Sassin

A Year of Living Marvelously

A Year of Living Marvelously

A Year of Living Marvelously

Make 2017 your year of looking fabulous and living marvelously! Tone up with a one-year VIP Membership to KOR180 pilates and cycling studio. Treat your skin to a full year of 50-minute organic discovery facials from The Woodhouse Day Spa and receive a monthly mix of hair, nail and skincare products to meet your beauty needs and your busy lifestyle with a one-year subscription to Beauty Box 5.

Brighten your smile and your day with a set of custom whitening trays and one-year supply of whitening gel, doctor exam and X-rays from About Smiles, then give yourself something to smile about with a year of ice cream from Blue Bell. 2017 will be your best, and most beautiful, year yet!

Donated by KOR180, The Woodhouse Day Spa, About Smiles, Blue Bell Ice Cream and Beauty Box 5

Port Aransas Luxury Escape

Port Aransas Luxury Escape

Pack your beach bag! It's time for you to live a life of luxury on the coast. Enjoy a one-week stay in a custom-built and immaculately maintained Gulf-front home in Port Aransas, Texas. This 5-bedroom, 5-bath home can accommodate up to 14 guests in over 4,700 square feet of elegant grandeur. Bask in over 2,100 square feet of outdoor living space including a tranquil, private courtyard with covered porches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. You will be a master entertainer in this three-story home, featuring a viewing tower, gourmet kitchen, elevator and three living spaces. Prepare yourself for a beach getaway your family and friends will never forget!

Donated by Amy & Glenn Sutton and Carolyn & Ty Allen


Big Board Auction Packages

Hawaiian Kayak Fishing Adventure 
Donated by Royal Hawaiian Resort, Local Fishing Knowledge and Captain Jon Jon

One-Week Stay in Breckenridge, Colorado
Donated by Dr. & Mrs. Robert Williams (Bill), III

Food Lovers Tour of Austin
Donated by Emmer & Rye, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, Uchi, Uchiko, New Waterloo Group, Italic, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Fixe Austin, Fabi & Rossi, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Juniper, L’Oca d’Oro, Fleming’s Steakhouse, North Italia and Sally Metcalfe

Don Henley Autographed Guitar 
Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

Mike Tyson Autographed Glove
Donated by Rosemary & Russell Douglass

David Yurman Necklace
Donated by Lee & Kelly Dodson

Santa Fe Home & Jewelry
Donated by Gretchen & Chris Atwell and Kristen Miller & Katie Sherwin

Hibiscus Imports Pearl Necklace 

Pink Python Handbag  
Donated by B&P Company

Mosaic Company Video 
Donated by Mark Wonderlin

University of Texas Horns Illustrated Advertising
Donated by Kelly Wonderlin

A Night on the Town
Donated by Hotel Ella, Goodall’s Kitchen, New Waterloo Group, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches, Maggie Mae’s Gourmet, Krystal Luxuries LLC, Maggie Louise Confections, Austin Opera

Interior Design
Donated by Christina Cole & Co.


In-Kind Donors

24 Diner
360 Press Solutions
ABC Home & Commercial Services
About Smiles
Ace Tailors
Allison Adams
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Carolyn & Ty Allen
Amanda North Photography
Amberleaf
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Artist Patti Lennon-Potter
Gretchen & Chris Atwell
ATX Polo Club
The Austin Artisan
Austin Opera
Austin Panic Room
Austin Pet Ranch
Austin Rowing Company
The Austin Spurs
Austin Steam Train Association
The Austin Symphony
Austin Zoo
The Austonettes
Aveda
AWAY Spa by W Hotels
B&P Company
Babineau Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Bar Method
Barley Swine
Barre3
Barton Springs Bike Rentals
Beauty Box 5
The Beer Plant
Donna & Kevin Bell
John & Alina Berkowitz
Better Bronze Spray Tans
Sarah Bird, Author
Black Fret
Blanton Museum of Art
Blo Blow Dry Bar
Blonde Faith Salon
Blue Apron
Blue Bell Ice Cream
Blue Owl Brewing
Stacy Bockholt
Boudro's Texas Bistro
Ashley & Ryan Brueckner
Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
Rachel & Chris Butler
The Candy Jar
Capital Cruises
Capitol City Comedy Club
Capital Genealogy
Capra & Cavelli
Captain Jon Jon
Carolyn & Ty Allen
CASAMIGOS Tequila
CC Designs, LLC
Chalk Training
Chaparral Ice
Cathy Chapaty
Chad W Adams Photography
Chef Michael Wards
Chocolaterie Tessa
Christina Cole & Co.
Colorado High Vodka
Kelly Corbet
CorePower Yoga
Covert Cadillac
The Cupcake Bar
Allison Curlee & James Sassin
Cutco Kitchen
Laurel Daniel
Miranda Darr
Deep Eddy Vodka
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Denise Bell Skincare
Dessange Paris
Dharma Yoga
Diamonds Direct
Deanna DiBene Millinery
Candace Dickerson
Disneyland Resort
Doc's Bar & Grill
Lee & Kelly Dodson
Dolce Blu Eyelash Boutique
Dominion Golf Group
Rosemary & Russell Douglass
Drink, Eat & Do Good via OneHope with Jette
Dripping Springs Vodka & Gin
Dry Comal Creek Vineyard & Winery

Dyanne Belle Jewelry
Eastside Tavern
Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
Eliza Page
ELM Restaurant Group
Emi B Bad
Emmer & Rye
EPIC Entertainment
The Escape Game
Evergreen Studios
Fabi + Rossi Kitchen
Face to Face Spa 
Fixe Austin
Fleming's Steakhouse
Franklin Barbecue
Leigh Fulkerson
Gold Mountain Gallery
Goodall's Kitchen
Kelly & Kyle Gray
Joy & Jonathan Green
Grove Hill, Ltd.
Guero's Taco Bar
Hall Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center
Tessa Halstead
Happy Products
Hat Creek Burger Company
Hawaii Sea Adventure
Hiatus Spa
Hill Country Animal Hospital
Hill Country Flyer
Deborah Holley
The Honest Company
Dr. Gretchen Hoover, DDS
Horns Illustrated
Horseshoe Bay Golf Resort
Hotel Ella
iGnite Body Mind & Spirit
India Hicks
Inn on Fifth - Naples, FL
iPic Theaters
Irene's
Iron Fitness
Italic
Itty Bitty Shoes
Jack Allen's Kitchen
Janet St. Paul Hair Salon
Jennifer West Floral Designs
Jensen Pediatric Dentistry
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Juniper
JW Marriott Austin
Laura & Alfred Kay
Kendra Scott
Maja Kermath
KidKraft
Joan Klassen
Jill Klucher
KOR180
Krystal Luxuries LLC
Laura Britt Design
Lilee Box
LimoBus Austin
Kinda Lincoln
Liz James Designs
Lizzylu - Westlake
L'Oca d'Oro
Love Cycling Studio
lululemon athletica
Madewell
Maggie Louise Confections
Maggie Mae's Gourmet
Mainstay Sailing
Massage Harmony
Massage Sway
Liana Mauro
Mauro Pilates
McKenzie Mundy
Meridian Skin Care Clinic
Sally Metcalfe
The Michaux Family, Solana Ranch
Kristen Miller & Katie Sherwin
Misty McLendon Photography
Mosaic Media Films
Myo Massage
National Football League Players Association
New Sheridan Hotel Chop House Restaurant
New Waterloo Group
Nicholas Brooks Photography
North Italia Restaurant
Sara Northcutt
Nothing Bundt Cakes - Westlake

P. Terry's Burger Stand
Perri Berri Lifestyle Boutique
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Pet Ranch
Pilates Bodies & Barre
Pink Avocado Catering
Pretty Kitty Wax
Pure 5 Pilates
Tiffany Quast
Quatro Austin
RAP Charge LLC
Red Betty Salon
Redbird Boutique
Robin Jackson Photography
Ron King Beauty
Rose Dental Group
Royal Hawaiian‎ Resort
Russell Korman Fine Jewelry & Watches
Sage Hill Inn
Sail & Ski Center
Saint Bernard
Salado Winery Co.
Karen & Lance Sallis
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
Catherine & Charles Sansbury
School of Rock
Sea Glass Fine Art
SeaWorld
Shauna Autry Photography
John Squires, Cutco Independent Representative
Stacy B Designs
Milli Starr
Steve Armstrong Photography
Strong Events
Stuart Weitzman
Stubb's BBQ
Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense
Amy & Glenn Sutton
Sway
David Sweeney
Swift's Attic
Tesla Motors
Texas Art Portraits
Texas Performing Arts
Thatch Caye Resort
Thomas Fallon Photography
Those Poor Serfs
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Dr. Kelly Tjelmeland
Tobie Funte Flannery
Dana Tomlin
Toybrary Austin
Travel with Amanda
Tribe
Trudy's Tex Mex
Twin Creeks Country Club
Twin Liquors
Uchi
Uchiko
Valentines
Vera Bradley
Verbena Floral Design
Victoria Jackson - Villa Salon & Spa
Vince Young
Vintage Villas
The Vintage 15
Emily & Danny Walker
Jerry Jeff Walker
Waterloo Ice House
Westlake Massage, Dr. Hess
Whole Earth Provision Co.
Dr. & Mrs. Robert (Bill) Williams, III
Williams Sonoma - Arboretum
Wink Threading
Kelly & Mark Wonderlin
Wondertech
The Woodhouse Day Spa - Austin
Wrapped To Wear
Wu Chow
Your Go To Girl Austin
Yurman & Yurman
ZACH Theatre
Zackary Hunt
Zimmet Vein & Dermatology

 


2017 Gala Committee

Allison Sperling, Kelly Dodson, Catherine Sansbury

Gala Chair - Catherine Sansbury

Honorary Chair - Kelly Dodson

Carolyn Allen, Donna Bell, Alina Berkowitz, Jennifer Brockwell, Ashley Brueckner, Kathleen Bucher, Christina Cole, Krissy Cooley, Allison Curlee, Candace Dickerson, Kristin Ernst, Kelly Gray, Mari Hawn, Beth Hauf, Shannon Igo, Johnna Jones, Kinda Lincoln, Irma Moreno, Tess Peters, Lisa Porter, Erin Przybocki, Jenni Rozas, Karen Sallis, Amy Sutton, Dana Tomlin, Emily Walker, Jennifer West and Kelly Wonderlin

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 Laura Kay at 512.539.2677 or via email.