CASA makes dreams come true with in-person gala

Court Appointed Special Advocates hosts in-person Once Upon A Dream Gala Sept. 10, catered by The Vintage Press

TULARE COUNTY – In-person fundraisers are coming back this fall giving donors an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is. And that is exactly what Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County is hoping for at their 2021 Once Upon A Dream Gala fundraiser.

On Friday, Sept. 10, supporters, donors and guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner prepared by The Vintage Press, be able to browse the live and silent auction items, and enjoy classical piano entertainment from Rafael Ramos, a high-school student from Mt. Whitney High School, as well as an instrumental quintet from Harmony Magnet Academy. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and the auctioneer will be Eric Phillips. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

“We are looking forward to spending time with our donors and supporters, and we have a wonderful evening planned with great food and entertainment, as well as our live and silent auctions,” Alberto Ramos, executive director for CASA of Tulare County, said. “We understand our donors are eager to see each other and catch up and we are pleased to have this evening to share with them.”

That evening’s keynote speaker will be Anthony O’Leary, a 20-year-old UCLA student and former foster youth who is part of the “Real Word,” a speakers panel created by Voices for Children (CASA) of San Diego County. Anthony will tell his foster story and how having a volunteer court-appointed special advocate made a difference in his life.

Tickets to Once Upon A Dream are $200 per person and are available on the CASA web site at

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