Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams
Beverly Hilton Hotel


Lou Lucido
CASA of Los Angeles Board Chair and Philanthropist


for the documentary film, Foster

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

hosted by
Dax Shepard



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Carolyn and Lou Lucido


Allyson Pfeifer
Tom Smith and Alan Kosa
Harriet Zaretsky and Steve Henry

Judy and Tom Beckmen
Beverly Hills Rotary
Marilyn and Steve Bloom
Johnny Carson Foundation
Jae and Dawn Goodman
Susie and Bruce Herron
JP Morgan Chase
Martha and Bruce Karsh
Barry and Wendy Meyer Foundation
Deena and Ed Nahmias
Nixon Peabody
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Marshal and Jerri Safron
Cindy and Neil Selman
Suzanne and Brian Selmo
Victoria and Barry Simon

LA County Board of Supervisors Office of Kathryn Barger

DJ Rodriguez Consulting
Michael Pappas
Ray and Anna Randall
Jean and Robert Youngquist



Allyson Pfeifer – Chair
Doubleline Capital LP


  • Dawn Goodman, Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Sarah Happel Jackson, Lifetime Networks
  • 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 JP Morgan Chase
  • 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.