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High-energy YP casino night roars into Dallas Design District

High-energy YP casino night roars into Dallas Design District

Ashley Sissel, Whitney Lawson, Christine Bassham
Ashley Sissel, Whitney Lawson, Christine Bassham Photo by Tim Heitman
Thomas Luce, Madison Alexander
Thomas Luce, Madison Alexander Photo by Jim Cowsert
CASAblanca 2022
Bet big, win big. Photo by Tim Heitman
Megan Sterquell, Tom Sterquell
Megan Sterquell, Tom Sterquell Photo by Jim Cowsert
David McAdams
David McAdams Photo by Rosanne Lewis
Jen Schlatter
Jen Schlatter Photo by Tim Heitman
Hugh Cook, Sam Stehlin
Hugh Cook, Sam Stehlin Photo by Tim Heitman
Michael Swartz, Cristina Swartz, Kelsey Higginbotham, Linda Swartz
Michael Swartz, Cristina Swartz, Kelsey Higginbotham, Linda Swartz Photo by Rosanne Lewis
Leslie Gross, Kelly Hodge
Leslie Gross, Kelly Hodge Photo by Jim Cowsert
David Dancer, Brittany Dancer
David Dancer, Brittany Dancer Photo by Tim Heitman
Carson May, Lizzy May
Carson May, Lizzy May Photo by Tim Heitman
Connor Dobbs, Sarah Neason
Connor Dobbs, Sarah Neason Photo by Jim Cowsert
Brooke Donelson, Madi Wheeler
Brooke Donelson, Madi Wheeler Photo by Tim Heitman
Natalya Menth, Trista Peszko
Natalya Menth, Trista Peszko Photo by Jim Cowsert
Ashley Sissel, Whitney Lawson, Christine Bassham
Thomas Luce, Madison Alexander
CASAblanca 2022
Megan Sterquell, Tom Sterquell
David McAdams
Jen Schlatter
Hugh Cook, Sam Stehlin
Michael Swartz, Cristina Swartz, Kelsey Higginbotham, Linda Swartz
Leslie Gross, Kelly Hodge
David Dancer, Brittany Dancer
Carson May, Lizzy May
Connor Dobbs, Sarah Neason
Brooke Donelson, Madi Wheeler
Natalya Menth, Trista Peszko

Calling all Daisys and Gatsbys to The Hall on Dragon, where Dallas CASA Young Professionals hosted its annual CASAblanca casino party on February 5.

The theme this year was Roaring '20s, and attendees turned out in their sequined, feathered, and fringed best for an evening of eating, drinking, gambling, and raising funds for the abused or neglected children served by Dallas CASA advocates in court.

Chaired by Mindy Busch, Elena Littleton, and Sonya Reddy, the can't-miss social event welcomed guests with envelopes of (faux) money before turning them loose on the roulette wheel and blackjack, poker, and craps tables. All "earnings" could be cashed in for raffle tickets at the end of the night.

"For me, the event is such a great way to share about the wonderful things CASA does with young professionals who might not have heard about CASA," says Littleton. "There are so many more ways to get involved than being an advocate, and people love hearing about the good things CASA is doing in the community."

The raffle included such hot-ticket items as Apple AirPods and a whiskey lover's dream collection. Also up for grabs were such silent auction items as a VIP round for four at Cowboys Golf Club, a lake house weekend, beauty and fitness gift cards, and a 3-D mixed-media masterpiece from Toni Martin Art.

As tasty bites were passed, some guests congregated at the fried rice station while others lounged in the VIP section sponsored by Megan and Tom Sterquell.

Partiers could purchase glasses of Vueve Clicquot as a special extra fundraiser for the evening.

Guests — including Greg May, Nicki Stafford, Linda SwartzJonathan and Christine BasshamHolly Piorkowski, Kate Hinkley, Cristina and Michael Swartz, Hannah May, David McAdams, Tyre Wilson, Anuka Hakal, Anuja Paj, Richa Humagain, Kayla Ortego, Kathleen and Michael LaValle, Connor DobbsSarah Neason, Brooke Donelson, Madi Wheeler, and David and Brittany Dancer — took to the dance floor while The Special Edition Band played all the hits.

When all the dice were collected and cards returned to the pack, attendees could grab a honey butter chicken biscuit on their way out into the night.

Since 1979, Dallas CASA has been advocating in the community and the courtroom for children in the protective care of the state. You can learn more about the nonprofit and donate here.