6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams
April 18, 2018
Beverly Hilton Hotel



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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 nearly $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.

For information on the 6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams gala, please contact Tara Grand at 323.859.2888 x6311 or

For media inquiries, please contact Brian McWilliams at Spelling Communications via email at

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

Thank you to our 6th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams Gala sponsors!

Carolyn and Lou Lucido

Sheldon and Cindy Stone

Vincent and Lesley Fiorillo for the Vincent A. Fiorillo Trust
Grandpoint Bank
Johnny Carson Foundation
Deena and Edward Nahmias
Allyson Pfeifer
Thomas Smith and Alan Kosa
Harriet Zaretsky and Steve Henry

Judy and Tom Beckmen
Beverly Hills Rotary Club
Marilyn and Steve Bloom
BNY Mellon
Minji Cho and Neil Yang
Pippa and Jeremy Davies
Terri and Kelton Durham
Fox Rothschild
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, LC
Susie and Bruce Herron
Hilton and Hyland
JP Morgan
Nick Lebherz and Alex Caruso
Wendy Smith and Barry Meyer
NBC4 Southern California
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
Anna and Ray Randall
Marshal and Jerri Safron
Selman Breitman LLP
Susan and Eric Smidt
Taylor Asset Management
Tumbleweed Transportation
US Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Wells Fargo Bank
Nanlan Ye

Activision Blizzard
AHERN Insurance Brokerage
Marshall and Joan August
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The Office of Kathryn Barger, 5th District
Citizens Business Bank
deKernion Family Foundation
Terry and Eva Dibble
Disney/ABC Television Group
DJ Rodriguez Consulting
Lisa Gaston
Horvitz & Levy LLP
Martha and Bruce Karsh
Law Offices of Booth & Koskoff
Locke Lord LLP
Virginia Mancini
Northern Trust
Michael Pappas, Lesnick Prince & Pappas, LLP
Ricki and Marvin Ring
Katie and Joe Russell
Cathy King-Schaefer and Wes Schaefer
Elaine Carey and Vincent Schodolski
Suzanne Scott of Reissa Foundation
Showtime Networks, Inc.
The Office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, 1st District
Donna and John Sussman
Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson, LLP
Elinor and Rubin Turner
Ralph Walter
Jean and Robert Youngquist

(as of 4/10/2018)

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.