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CASA Celebrates 30 Years of Success in Orange County

We attended as a guest of CASA
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What does CASA mean to me? CASA is more than just a nonprofit in Orange County, but a group of people who are changing the lives of children in Orange County. As an adoptive Mother, and having fostered a child in our home, I have personally seen the impact that the CASA volunteers make on children in our community. Without the volunteers from CASA, many children in the foster system would not have the experience of having a stable and supportive person in their life. With an organization that is so close to my heart, my husband and I, chose to spend our Anniversary this year at the CASA Celebration of Children: Black and White Ball.

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The grand celebration brought 435 people together to raise over 1,000,000 for the nonprofit that has been helping abused, abandoned and neglected children in Orange County for the past thirty years. Lauren Wong and Brenda St. Hilaire co-chaired the evening that began with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring over 100 items.

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Lauren Wong and Brenda St. Hilaire. Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Former NFL Quarterback to the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys, Paul McDonald, served as Master of Ceremonies for the night, which included Keynote Speaker, NFL Quarterback to the Philadelphia Eagles, Mark Sanchez. After the inspirational speech from Sanchez, guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner followed by a live auction, dancing, and entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Jennifer and Anton Segerstrom received CASA’s highest given award, “Children’s Champion” for their many years of support and personal dedication to children’s well-being while in the foster care system. South Coast Plaza was honored as “Outstanding Corporation” for their commitment to assisting CASA grow and prosper over the last 30 years.

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Tustin Ranch resident, Joy Winger, was honored as “Advocate of the Year” for her passion and dedication to child abuse victims. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate to 6 different children over the last 13 years.

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

Photo courtesy of Xuong Do from Happy Photos

The most touching speaker of the evening was Austin Howle. The young man was in 17 different placements from the age of 5 years. He talked about the impact his CASA volunteer made on his life, and how she played an important role in him receiving his high school diploma followed by admission to Cal State University, San Bernardino.

It was an unforgettable evening and helped to raise awareness of the impact CASA volunteers are having on the lives of children in our community. Learn more about CASA, and how you can help support this non-profit online at casaoc.org.

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