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2019 Party Booklet

Presented by:

Lift Up

A CHILD’S VOICE, A CHILD’S LIFE. Help an abused or neglected local child today!

I’m delighted to share with you our “2019 Celebrations Parties.” In this booklet you will find a variety of unique and enjoyable experiences in which you can participate while supporting CASA of Kern County. 100% of your ticket purchase goes directly to supporting our mission in advocating for abused and neglected foster youth. It is our passion to take a stand against innocent children being neglected, exploited, molested and abused. We thank you for your support of our work through one or all of these events. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we fully depend on you to further our reach in this community. Lastly, I would also like to use this opportunity to say a special thank you to my predecessor and mentor, Colleen A. McGauley. Her 17 years of dedication have made CASA what it is today. I especially appreciate the unwavering passion and dedication she displayed during her tenure. I humbly accept the torch that has been passed to me. Thank you for this opportunity.

Yours in Advocacy, Amy Travis CASA Executive Director


SILVER SPONSOR Michael & Dona Chertok




COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Giving Never Tasted So Good Wildflower Hike and Picnic Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar Cooking Class & Dinner


Where: Home of Antonio & Maureen Becarri When: February 22, 2019 Time: 6pm–9 pm Number of guests: 25 Cost: $75



Description: You will be whisked away to Italy at this Tuscany influenced party where you’ll enjoy authentic wood-fired Italian cuisine. Seasonal flavors of fresh imported ingredients set the tone


for this welcoming rustic backyard dinner gathering. Bring your appetite and get ready to experience genuine Italian dishes from fresh made appetizers to authentic Italian classic pizzas and hand-picked wine. DELIZIOSO!

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Superhero Walk/Run & Festival "Tra Vigne" A Tour through the Viticulture & Culinary Delights of Italy

Coffee Roasting Party Where: Covenant Coffee 1700 N Chester Ave When: March 1, 2019 Time: 6pm-9 pm Number of guests: 30 Cost: $50 Description: Sip your favorite roast and learn all about coffee! Covenant Coffee’s Zach Martin will take you on the ultimate coffee experience starting with green coffee beans, the roasting & blending process, right down to the newly crafted blend brewed and poured straight into your cup. You’ll also enjoy a hearty tri-tip and chicken dinner, select wine and delicious Affogato for dessert! Plus, you’ll receive a12-oz bag of this CASA blend to enjoy at home.

and Picnic Where: Wind Wolves Preserve 16019 CA-166 When: March 2, 2019 Time: 10am–2pm Number of guests: 50 Cost: $40

Description: Get your hike on! Take a walk through the delightful flora and fauna of Wind Wolves Preserve followed by an al fresco lunch on the Preserve’s hacienda patio. This fun and informative 2-hour hike will be led by experienced naturalists, guiding us through beautiful wildflowers, lovely green meadows and oak woodlands before returning to enjoy a delicious meal. The trails at Wind Wolves Preserve are very well-groomed and suitable for hikers of all abilities. Please join us for a wonderful spring day outdoors!

Cooking Class & Dinner Where: Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar When: March 13, 2019 Time: 6pm–9pm Number of guests: 40 Cost: $100

Description: Enjoy a live cooking demonstration performed by The Chef's Choice Noodle Bar's Head Chef Preeda Piamfa and Owner Nick Hansa. Next, you’ll man your own station for a hands-on cooking experience. Then it’s time to dine! You’ll be treated to a fabulous 3-course dinner.

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Boot Scootin’ Derby Bond... James Bond

and Festival Where: The Park at Riverwalk When: April 6, 2019 Time: 8am-12pm Cost: 2K Run/Walk - $20.00 - $25.00 5K Run/Walk - $30, 10K Run/Walk - $30 *Price Increase: $5 after February 14, 2019 & again on the day of the event Description: The 2019 CASA Superhero Run, happening Saturday, April 6 at The Park at Riverwalk, will feature masked and caped runners, a superhero costume contest, incredible photo opportunities, and obstacle courses to test super strength, free family-friendly activities, tasty treats and so much more!

Where: Home of Mark and Andrea Boren When: April 27, 2019 Time: Evening Number of guests: 40 Cost: $500

Description: "Tra Vigne" translates to “throughout the vines.� This night aims to transport you throughout the vines of Italy. Taste unique, rare and exciting wines described by certified Sommelier Lanette Valpredo Caratan and paired with Luigi's culinary delights as we "travel" through Sicily and up towards the Veneto wine regions. Salute!

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Eating Well in Season Wine and Finish Line

Where: Gardiner Residence When: May 4, 2019 Time: 5pm Cost: $150

Description: Denim meets the Derby at the Boot Scootin’ Derby party, benefitting CASA of Kern County. The evening includes the splendor of Gardiner Ranch with all of its beauty, a delectable cuisine, unique “must-have” live and silent auctions, and a showing of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Come in traditional Kentucky Derby attire or in your boots and cowboy hat! It’s time for Churchill Downs to meet good ol' Kern County roots.


Where: TBD When: May 18, 2019 Time: 6pm-9pm Number of guests: 25 Cost: $100



Description: Shaken, not stirred! Grab Miss Moneypenny & hop in your Aston Martin — you’re M-I-6, the Queen’s Secret Intelligence Service, cruising the streets of Bakersfield for a night of mystery and intrigue!


Your mission accomplished, you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner & fabulous drinks under the stars!

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Nothing in July - enjoy the Summer!


Where: Tejon Ranch - Hacienda When: June 8, 2019 Time: 5pm–10pm Number of guests: 50 Cost: $100



Description: Tantalize your taste buds! Your transportation is provided for an amazing outdoor dining experience on the Tejon Ranch Hacienda patio. During this delightful evening under the stars, you’ll be treated to


Tejon Ranch fine wines and dine on fresh farm to table cuisine. It’s the best of local wine, food and fun that you won’t want to miss!

Where: Tehachapi When: June 29, 2019 Time: 11am-4pm Number of guests: 22 Cost: $100




Description: Tehachapi wineries are making a name for themselves, collecting accolades and awards for their amazing wines. You’ll enjoy wine and appetitizers onboard your round-trip transportation from


Bakersfield to Tehachapi. Upon arrival, you’ll be treated to a tasting of these prize winning wines and lunch. Plus, you’ll meet Tehachapi resident Shannon McQueen-Webster, a champion race-car driver who began competing at six years old! She’ll share stories from the world of sprint and midget car racing. Zoom! Zoom!

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Briggs and Coyles Tailgate Cooking

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: No September Parties


Where: The Briggs Residence When: August 24, 2019 Time: 6pm-9pm Number of guests: 50 Cost: $75

Description: Up your tailgating game! The football season kicks-off in August and “Coach” Pat Coyle will have his crowd-pleasing game-day grub ready for you to enjoy along with a variety of cool drinks. Drop by Coach Coyle’s cooking demonstration, lounge on the patio or relax inside the Briggs’ lovely Brighton Estate home. TOUCHDOWN!

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: Children are Precious Carnival Rio Bravo Ranch Olive Oil Tour

COMING UP NEXT MONTH: A Northern Lights Christmas

Where: Rancho Rio Equestrian Center When: October 12-13, 2019 Cost: Free

Description: 5th annual vendor fair benefiting CASA and the Kayli Memorial Fund. FUN – SHOPPING – ARTS & CRAFTS - RAFFLES – KIDS ACTIVITIES AND MORE!


Where: Rio Bravo Ranch When: October 19, 2019 Time: 3pm-5pm Cost: $50



Description: It’s ture, olives are a fruit, and olive oil a fruit juice. Learn more about this ancient food with a tour at Rio Bravo Ranch. This tour will take you through the milling process, a presentation of olive oil


attributes, topped off with an olive oil tasting from the mill, along with light hors d'oeuvres at Coseree's Deli and Nickel Family Zinfandel wine sampling.

Where: The Moustakis Residence When: November 23, 2019 Time: 6pm-9pm Number of guests: 50 Cost: $100

Description: Bring your holiday spirit & Christmas cheer to an unforgettable event! Sumptuous food and delectable wine, served up to share the beauty and magic of the “Alaskan Northern Lights” and “Alaskan Tasty Bites,” paired with matchless décor in a gorgeous home. What better way to celebrate the season? Come prepared to buy a ticket to win a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Truly an evening to remember!

Children served in 2018 405

Advocates assigned to a case 207

Total advocates graduated from CASA 52

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Program Partners support the core work of CASA's mission. Thank you for supporting these vital partners.

Booklet design by:

Dave Ewert, CASA President President Excelleration Consulting

Leslie Golich, Past President Director of Public Affairs Kaiser Permanente

Jeff Warren, Secretary Attorney Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP

Julio Gonzalez, Board Member Assistant VP, Portfolio Officer Citizen’s Business Bank

Shannon Webster, Treasurer Director, Audit Department Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock

Brandon Grimm, Board Member Operations Manager Grimmway Farms

Abby Auffant, Board Member Policy, Government & Public Affairs Chevron

Joyce Holtzclaw, Board Member Senior VP Western San Joaquin Division EB Natural Resources

Terri Collins, Board Member Residential Realtor Watson Realty ERA

Mike Martinez, Board Member Driver Supervisor of Field Operations Pro Tool Services

Ryan Cunha, Board Member Controller Yurosek Farm

Cindy Minner, Board Member Assistant Vice President Wells Fargo Bank

Jay Ericsson, Board Member Senior Financial Advisor Senior Vice President - Investments Wells Fargo Private Banks

Jannette Pedersen, Board Member Administrative Assistant California Resources Corporation

Amy Travis Executive Director CASA of Kern County

Heather Pennella, Board Member Donor Relations Coordinator Bakersfield College Foundation

*Karen Covington CASA Volunteer, Advocate Board Liaison

Sally Selby, Board Member Executive Consultant Kaiser Permanente Evelyn Young Spath, Board Member Community Volunteer Advisory Panel Members The Honorable Robert Anspach, (retired) Superior Court Judge, CASA Co-founder Joan Knowlden, MFT-Child Trauma Specialist Judith O’Hare Newman-Mental Health Professional, CASA Co-founder Sam Chow-Past CASA Board President Suzan MacIlvaine-Founding Director of CASA

2/22/2019 - A Night in Italy 3/1/2019 - Giving Never Tasted So Good 3/2/2019 - Wildflower Hike and Picnic 3/13/2019 - Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar Cooking Class & Dinner 4/6/2019 - CASA Superhero Run/Walk & Festival 4/27/2019 - Tra Vigne – A Tour through the Viticulture and Culinary Culinary Delights of Italy 5/4/2019 - Boot Scootin’ Derby 5/18/2019 - Bond… James Bond 6/8/2019 - Eating Well in Season 6/29/2019 - Wine and Finish Line 8/24/2019 - Briggs & Coyle Tailgate Cooking 10/19/2019 - Rio Bravo Olive Oil Tour 10/12-13/2019 - Children are Precious Carnival 11/23/2019 - A Northern Lights Christmas

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Season of Hope: 2019 Party Booklet