Legendary comedian and talk show host Jay Leno took the stage to benefit CASA of Los Angeles at its third annual Evening to Foster Dreams Gala. The fundraising dinner, which took place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, raised $1.2 million to support CASA of Los Angeles’ programs. This event is held annually to honor community leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children, including children who have been abused or neglected and are in foster care. Click here to view photos from the Gala.
Planning is beginning for the 2016 Gala, to be held in late April or early May. Click here if you wish to donate a trip, item, or service for the Gala Auction.
Our honorees included Former Mayor of Los Angeles Richard Riordan who received the Robert Morrison Community Service Award, presented by CASA of Los Angeles Board Chair James Rishwain. The Bob Frandzel Memorial Award was presented to Jensen + Partners and ZGF Architects LLP by CASA of Los Angeles volunteer and former Board member Roger Ridlehoover. The CASA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Renne Bilson. Jacquie Dolan presented the award to Ms. Bilson. We also recognized Father Greg Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries.
The Gala was chaired by Louis Lucido, Chief Operating Officer of Doubleline LLP.
NBC4 Southern California weathercaster Fritz Coleman was the emcee.
Thank you to all the event Sponsors, and especially to Rubicon Project, the event Underwriter.
Congressmember Karen Bass
Senator Holly J. Mitchell
Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, 5th District
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District
Los Angeles County Supervisor Edmund D. Edelman (Ret.)
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, 1st District
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, 4th District
Los Angeles County Supervisor (Ret.), Zev Yaroslavsky
Philip L. Browning, Director
Los Angeles County Dept of Children & Family Services
Marvin J. Southard, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Mónica García, LAUSD Board Member
Kathy Ash, Executive Director, Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles
The Rt. Reverend J. Jon Bruno
Cantor Chayim Frenkel
Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, Chancellor Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Reverend Cecil L. “Chip” Murray
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.
Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Co-Founder, Jewish World Watch*
* in memory of