They called it "A Celebration of Children."
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA) held their 26th anniversary gala at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel & Spa. Country music artist Jimmy Wayne, who grew up in the foster care system, shared his personal story and performed for more than 500 guests coming together to raise $800,000 for CASA.
Founded in 1985 by 15 volunteers, CASA today proudly counts among its caring local participants more than 750 people serving abused and neglected children in the foster care system. At the recent gala, organizers honored Sheila and Jim Peterson with the Children's Champion Award.
Also honored was Frank La Soya, named as Advocate of the Year. Alfonso, Gonzalo and Esmeralda Martinez took home the Outstanding Youth Award from CASA. Corporate support from Deutsche Bank, represented by the respected Doug and Melinda McCrea, received the honors for Corporate Honoree for 2011. For more information on the work of CASA, please contact Lynda Sloan at (714) 619-5155.