Wednesday, April 22, 2019


7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams
Beverly Hilton Hotel


Lou Lucido
CASA of Los Angeles Board Chair and Philanthropist


for the documentary film
directed and produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers
Deborah Oppenheimer and Mark Jonathan Harris


Dr. Wendy Smith and Barry Meyer
advocates of youth in foster care


hosted by
Dax Shepard


Special Musical Guest, Sharane Calister,

NBC The Voice Season 14


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For information on the 7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams gala, please contact Dan Hanley at 323.859.2888 x6326 or

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7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams Gala sponsor

Carolyn and Lou Lucido

Barry and Wendy Meyer Foundation
Participant Media
Sheldon Stone

Activision Blizzard
BNY Mellon
Johnny Carson Foundation
Vincent Fiorillo
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Allyson Pfeifer
Tom Smith and Alan Kosa
Harriet Zaretsky and Steve Henry

Frank and Allison Addante
Katherine Ali
Judy and Tom Beckmen
Beverly Hills Rotary
Carol and Frank Biondi
Marilyn and Steve Bloom
Capital Group
Megan and Peter Chernin
The CW Network
Tama and Paul Deitch
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.
Hello Bello
Susie and Bruce Herron
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Martha and Bruce Karsh
Kolpert & Ravden, LLP
Nick Lebherz
Jason Levin
Mobility Outdoor Media
Deena and Ed Nahmias
National Foster Youth Institute Board of Directors
NBC4 Southern California
Susan Nichols
Northern Trust
Observatory Agency
Pacific Premier Bank
Nixon Peabody
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
The Pritzker Foundation
Linda and Tony Rubin
Marshal and Jerri Safron
Selman Breitman LLP
Suzanne and Brian Selmo
Victoria and Barry Simon
Susan and Eric Smidt
Robyn and Conor Tanaguchi
Taylor Asset Management
Patrick Townzen
U.S. Bank Global Fund Services
Wells Fargo
Ken Werner and Noreen Bagley

Inell and Henry Chase
City National Bank
LA County Board of Supervisors Office of Kathryn Barger
Locke Lord LLP
Mindling-Schulman Family Foundation
Deb Patrick
Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson

Joan and Marshall August
DJ Rodriguez Consulting
Junior Achievement
Stephanie Luh
Michael Pappas
Ray and Anna Randall
Vincent and Elaine Schodolski
SME Entertainment Group
Torrey Pines Bank
Jean and Robert Youngquist

Honorary Committee

  • Congressman Adam B. Schiff (CA-28)
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
  • Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)
  • Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26)
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37)
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (CA-38)
  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
  • Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (CA-44)
  • Congressman Ted W. Lieu (CA-33)
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell, 30th District
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland
  • Mónica García, LAUSD Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Mike D. Antonovich, Retired
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kathryn Barger, 5th District
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Janice Han, 4th District
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda Solis, 1st District
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky, Retired
  • Father Gregory Boyle
  • Jackie Broxton, Director, Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation
  • Marvin J. Southard, University of Southern California
  • Reverend “J” Edgar Boyd
  • The Honorable Michael Nash
  • Elizabeth Daly, Dean, USC School of Cinematic Arts


Gala Committee

Allyson Pfeifer – Chair
Doubleline Capital LP


  • Dawn Goodman, Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Sarah Happel Jackson
  • Matt Hoglund
  • Whitney Kleinhenz, Participant Media
  • Lori Kozak, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Ray Randall, Retired Executive
  • Dayna Rodriguez, Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Tom Smith, Former Senior Executive Officer, Oaktree Capital Management and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Pat Trendacosta, Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.
  • Thomas Turner
  • Harriet Zaretsky, Court Appointed Special Advocate


6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams
April 18, 2018

It was truly a special evening to foster dreams at CASA of Los Angeles’ 6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams gala on April 18, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton as we honored Kathy Hilton, CASA/LA ambassador and philanthropist, and Judy Beckmen, CASA/LA board member and philanthropist, for their work on behalf of children. Attended by more than 600 guests, the gala was an astounding success raising over $1 million!

This support will ensure that we can serve more children and youth in LA County’s child welfare system with intensive one-on-one advocacy so they have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and permanent home!

We kicked off the evening with host Al Madrigal who opened up the night with his wit and humor followed by a special video message from actor and former host Dax Shepard whose mother is a CASA volunteer in Oregon. Our CASA Spotlight featured CASA volunteers Lainie Herrera, Jeff Newman and Lisa Hall who shared their stories of advocacy and determination alongside the amazing and resilient children they work to serve.

Special thanks to our incredible gala chair Allyson Pfeifer and dedicated gala committee. Thank you to everyone who supported the gala who make it possible for us to advocate for children in foster care to have the services and support that all children deserve: a stable home, education and healthcare.


A very special thank you to our 2018 committee! Please view a complete list HERE.

Evening to Foster Dreams past honorees include the Honorable Richard J. Riordan, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries, Frank and Allison Addante, Jensen + Partners/ZGF Architects, Renne Bilson, Jan Brice, Harriet Zaretsky, NBC4 Southern California, Jim Rishwain, Mario Lopez, the Honorable Michael Nash, Mary Beth Evans, Freeform’s “The Fosters” and SHARE, Inc.