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Evening to Foster Dreams Gala

  • An Evening to Foster Dreams
  • Sponsors
  • Event Committee
  • Jay Leno Biography
  • Jensen + Partners
  • ZGF Architects LLP
  • Richard Riordan Biography
  • Renne Bilson Biography
  • Louis Lucido Biography
  • Fritz Coleman Bio
  • An Evening to Foster Dreams

    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 on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton. The chair of the 2016 Gala is Steven Bloom, President of Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C. 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.

    Honorary Committee

    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