Ritz-Carlton Fashion Show
The Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon held on the first Friday of December at the Ritz-Carlton starts off one of the busiest holiday weekends by bringing often-bittersweet reminders of the true reason for the season. It’s all about giving, and CASA gave the 600 guests at the fashion show luncheon ample opportunities to help foster kids and other at-risk children. Proceeds from an amazing silent auction and opportunity drawing went to the cause, and Christmas trees at the event were decorated with dozens of starfish, each with an often heartbreakingly simple wish from a child (a first trip to Disneyland; a girl’s athletic uniform that fits modestly; a telescope a boy can see the stars with), and an amount a donor could give to make it come true. By the end of the event, those trees were close to bare. Teri Cullen and Annette Juptner-Gonzales chaired the luncheon, which raised $350,000. Intermix South Coast Plaza presented the runway show, and singer Kevin Montgomery provided musical entertainment and spoke movingly of his Orange Duffle Bag Foundation that helps foster kids in need.