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2018 Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2018 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 13th, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

CASA Holiday Luncheon

Reception at the CASA Holiday luncheon

The Luncheon and Fashion Show that began as a Holiday Tea is in its 23rd year of existence and has brought in over 4 million dollars since 1995.

This year’s Luncheon had a record breaking net for the fifth year in a row. More than $452,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system.

Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge at the CASA Holiday luncheon

Shannon Beador and Tamra Judge

The Luncheon was chaired by Melissa Rohani and Michelle Fisher. They were assisted by a team of over 85 members from the Friends of CASA (FOCASA) auxiliary group.

Five hundred and thirty guests filled the halls and decks outside of the ballroom to bid on 200 auction packages during the champagne reception.

Guests were able to fulfill a foster child’s wish through ornaments placed on the “Starfish Wish Trees”, featuring 202 different wishes from the children in the CASA program which included items like dance classes, summer camp and a laptop computer for a college bound young adult.

For the second year in a row the trees were sponsored and beautifully decorated by Barclay Butera Interiors.

Presented by Tory Burch

Tory Burch Model

The ballroom at the Monarch Beach Resort was beautifully decorated and styled by Elite OC Productions. Tory Burch created an immersive experience, down to the Tory Burch designed table cloths and napkins.

This year’s fashion presentation by Tory Burch and South Coast Plaza featured Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Brad Goreski, on stage to help present the collections.

Tory Burch showed 20 beautiful looks from the Resort 2019 collection, as well as the Spring/Summer 2019 Tory Sport

This year’s keynote speaker was the 2017-2018 Miss Outstanding Teen Arizona, Dimon Sanders. Dimon shared her story of entering the foster care system in June of 2009 due to abuse by her biological father and neglect by her biological mother.

Keynote Speaker

Dimon Sanders at CASA Holiday luncheon

Dimon Sanders

“Over the course of my 5 years in the foster care system, I had 2 attorneys, 5 behavioral health specialists, 5 therapists, 5 case managers, attended 5 schools and lived in 13 different foster care placements.

That’s a total of 35 people who came in and out of my life. My source of consistency was person number 36, my CASA”. Ms. Sanders proudly shared with the crowd that she was adopted out of the foster care system with the help of her Court Appointed Special Advocate and has since graduated college.

Michelle Fisher, Dimon Sanders and Melissa Rohani at the CASA Holiday luncheon

Michelle Fisher, Dimon Sanders and Melissa Rohani

An opportunity drawing donated by Lugano Diamonds was a Diamond Bangle featuring 3.69cts Round Brilliant Collection
VS Diamonds set in 18K White Gold which values for $20,000, was won by CASA Board of Directors Member, Susan Leibel.

Diamond Starfish Sponsors for this event include the Official Jewelry Sponsor, Lugano Diamonds, and Shiva Ommi. Ruby Starfish Sponsors are Michelle and David Fisher as well as Melissa and Parsa Rohani.

Learn more about CASA online, Facebook, and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of John Watkins Photography.

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