APRIL 18, 2018

Our recent gala was held on May 16, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton with nearly 700 supporters and friends of CASA of Los Angeles who came to support us as we honored Mary Beth Evans, Emmy Award winning TV actress and CASA Volunteer, Freeform’s “The Fosters” and SHARE, Inc. with special recognition to our former CASA of Los Angeles’ Chief Executive Officer, Dilys Tosteson Garcia – all for their contributions in raising awareness in child welfare and the foster care system.

Comedian and Daily Show correspondent, Al Madrigal opened up the evening. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction, live auction, dinner and a comedy performance by legendary comedian Dana Carvey.

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Mary Beth Evans
Emmy Award winning TV Actress and CASA Volunteer


Mary Beth Evans
CASA Volunteer and TV Actress

A four-time Daytime Emmy winning actress and producer, Mary Beth Evans is most known for her role as Kayla Brady Johnson on Days of Our Lives. A 30-year veteran of daytime TV, Mary Beth is also known for her roles Katherine Bell on General Hospital, Sierra Esteban Drake on As The World Turns and Sara Garrett on the Emmy-winning digital series THE BAY.

Mary Beth has also delighted primetime audiences with recurring and guest appearances on Chasing Life, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, Nip Tuck, Body of Proof and Monk, to name a few. A wife and mother of three, Mary Beth is also an entrepreneur who ran a successful mail order pie company for nearly 10 years. In 2015, Mary Beth launched a lifestyle blog, PLANK (plankblog.com), where she inspires readers with her weekly posts about lifestyle, health, family and more.

Mary Beth has been a CASA/LA volunteer for four years, during which time she has been a dedicated fundraiser for the organization.



Freeform’s “The Fosters”

Freeform’s “The Fosters”

“The Fosters” is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of adopted and biological teenaged kids being raised by two moms. Stef Adams Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her wife, Lena Adams Foster, a school vice principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon; their adopted twins, Mariana and Jesus; and adopted siblings, Jude and his half-sister Callie.

Teri Polo as Stef Adams Foster
Sherri Saum as Lena Adams Foster
Hayden Byerly as Jude Adams Foster
Noah Centineo as Jesus Adams Foster
David Lambert as Brandon Foster
Maia Mitchell as Callie Adams Foster
Danny Nucci as Mike Foster
Cierra Ramirez as Mariana Adams Foster

Jennifer Lopez
Bradley Bredeweg
Peter Paige
Joanna Johnson
Greg Gugliotta
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Benny Medina


For over sixty years, SHARE, Inc. has provided critical support to help children who are developmentally disabled, abused, and neglected. These funds support treatment, research, prevention, vocational training, and independent living skills programs – many of the programs and facilities so vital to children with special needs.








Special Recognition to Dilys Tosteson Garcia, Former CEO, CASA of Los Angeles


For information on the 5th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams gala, please contact Tara Grand at 323.859.2888 x6311 or tgrand@casala.org.

For media inquiries, please contact Brian McWilliams at Spelling Communications via email at bmcwilliams@spellcom.com.

A very special thank you to our 2017 committee! Please view a complete list HERE.

Thank you to our 5th Annual Evening to Foster Dreams Gala sponsors!

Carolyn and Lou Lucido

Marilyn and Steve Bloom
Susie and Bruce Herron
Cindy and Sheldon Stone

Grandpoint Bank
Johnny Carson Foundation
Deena and Edward Nahmias
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Susan and Eric Smidt
Thomas Smith and Alan Kosa
US Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Harriet Zaretsky and Steve Henry

Annenberg Foundation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Judy and Tom Beckmen
Beverly Hills Rotary Club
Bloomberg Philanthropies
BNY Mellon
Pippa and Jeremy Davies
Sean Dayani
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, LC
JP Morgan
Ric and Suzanne Kayne
Lori Kozak
LA Trial Lawyers Charities
NBC4 Southern California
Pacific Crossroads Church
Allyson Pfeifer
Anna and Ray Randall
Frances and Roger Ridlehoover
Rubicon Project
Marshal and Jerri Safron
Taylor Asset Management
Taylor Fund
The Fosters
Ralph Walter
Wells Fargo

Ahearn Insurance Brokerage
Athens Services
Joan and Marshall August
The Office of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District
Coffee Traders Antioquia
Cathay Bank
Citizens Business Bank
City National Bank
Community Bank
Cynthia and Peter Csato
The David Bohnett Foundation
Dillbeck Real Estate
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
Andrea and Ronald Hein
Lynn James and Anne Madsen
Susan and Edward Justice
Martha and Bruce Karsh
Longo Toyota-Lexus
Lesnick Prince & Pappas, LLP
Malibu Guitar Festival
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP
Annica and James Newton Howard
Nixon Peabody
The Office of Hilda L. Solis, 1st District
Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson
Torrey Pines Bank
Patricia and Anthony Trendacosta
Jean and Robert Youngquist

(as of 5/9/2017)

Click here to view photos from the 2017 Gala.

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 and the Honorable Michael Nash.