Nearly 400 people packed into Level Two in the Design District, ready to try their luck at 22 blackjack tables, three roulette wheels, and two craps tables. All proceeds from the festive night benefited Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children living in protective care.
Co-chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke, and Dana Swann, along with presenting sponsors Mark Hiduke and Emma Carter, welcomed guests for a night of philanthropic fun.
Tasty offerings such as pulled pork sandwiches, meatballs, and empanadas fueled those who were ready to dance, and the Special Edition Band obliged by playing everything from Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” to Bruno Mars. The ten-piece band rotated singers — some of whom joined the party on the dance floor while singing — and two drummers, a saxophonist, several guitarists, and a keyboardist rounded out the vibrant group. Lighted sticks made their way onto the floor and into the hands of enthusiastic dancers as the night went on.
Dallas CASA board members John Gibson and Woody McMinn and Dallas CASA executive director and CEO Kathleen LaValle joined the crowd, which included Andrew Johnson, Bianca Sterling, Madeline Littrell, Josh Webb, Megan Goad, Elizabeth Caudill, Clint McClain, and Annika Lewis. Once guests finished their casino play, they could cash in chips for raffle tickets and the chance to win two Apple watches, staycations at The Fairmont Dallas, SoulCycle classes, and dinner at The Capitol Grille.
CASAblanca began as a way to raise awareness among young Dallas citizens of the critical role an advocate can play in the life of a child living in foster care. Dallas CASA Young Professionals is an outreach, volunteer, and fundraising arm for Dallas CASA. The group is open to anyone ages 21 to 40 who wants to make a difference in the lives of abused children.