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Dallas young professionals double down for fundraising bash's return

Dallas young professionals double down for fundraising bash's return

Amber Harrington, Kevin Kia, Nida Kia
Amber Harrington, Kevin Kia, Nida Kia Photo by Nate Bednarz
Jake Berman, Brianna Cullum
Jake Berman, Brianna Cullum Photo by Nate Bednarz
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke, Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson, Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke, Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson, Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards Photo by Tim Heitman
Jonathan Bassham, Kate Hinckley, John Hinckley, Christine Bassham
Jonathan Bassham, Kate Hinckley, John Hinckley, Christine Bassham Photo by Tim Heitman
The Special Edition Band
The Special Edition Band Photo by Tim Heitman
William Chavez, Cynthia Chavez
William Chavez, Cynthia Chavez Photo by Nate Bednarz
Reggie Hollins, Chaunte’ Kato
Reggie Hollins, Chaunte’ Kato Photo by Nate Bednarz
Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson
Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson Photo by Nate Bednarz
Josh Webb, Megan Goad, Elizabeth Caudill, Clint McClain
Josh Webb, Megan Goad, Elizabeth Caudill, Clint McClain Photo by Tim Heitman
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke Photo by Nate Bednarz
Jenny Jones, Annika Lewis, Ashley Tobin, Meredith Rubin
Jenny Jones, Annika Lewis, Ashley Tobin, Meredith Rubin Photo by Nate Bednarz
Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards
Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards Photo by Nate Bednarz
Abby Misegades, Logan Misegades
Abby Misegades, Logan Misegades Photo by Nate Bednarz
Andrew Johnson, Bianca Sterling
Bianca Sterling, Andrew Johnson Photo by Tim Heitman
Event co-chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke, Dana Swann
Event co-chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke, Dana Swann Photo by Nate Bednarz
Madeline Littrell dancing with the band
Madeline Littrell dancing with the band. Photo by Tim Heitman
Dallas CASAblanca 2017
A winning hand at the blackjack table. Photo by Tim Heitman
Amber Harrington, Kevin Kia, Nida Kia
Jake Berman, Brianna Cullum
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke, Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson, Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards
Jonathan Bassham, Kate Hinckley, John Hinckley, Christine Bassham
The Special Edition Band
William Chavez, Cynthia Chavez
Reggie Hollins, Chaunte’ Kato
Jonathan Eilertsen, Cara Williamson
Josh Webb, Megan Goad, Elizabeth Caudill, Clint McClain
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke
Jenny Jones, Annika Lewis, Ashley Tobin, Meredith Rubin
Casey Clymer, Nick Edwards
Abby Misegades, Logan Misegades
Andrew Johnson, Bianca Sterling
Event co-chairs Kelcey Hamilton, Reasha Hedke, Dana Swann
Madeline Littrell dancing with the band
Dallas CASAblanca 2017

After the rousing success of last year's inaugural party, Dallas CASA's young professionals traded up to a bigger venue so they could welcome double the attendees to CASAblanca 2017.

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.