Photos courtesy of John Watkins
A lively party was already in full swing as more than 370 guests entered the Island Hotel, Newport Beach for CASA of Orange County’s annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball. Evening festivities began with a 007-themed cocktail reception, silent auction and high-stakes casino games. Following this festive welcome, attendees made their way to the ballroom to relax and enjoy a sumptuous meal and memorable program. Co-chaired by three couples that support the organization—Dana and Tom Chou of Irvine, Michelle and David Fisher of Laguna Beach, and Susan and Dennis Leibel of Irvine—the evening featured a touching tribute by “Advocate of the Year” and CASA volunteer Andrea Schoembs, who shared her story of the trials and triumphs her nine-year-old CASA child faces, and a Keynote Speech from Judge Maria Hernandez. Once again, CASA proved a true champion of children.