Delemate Residence hosts CASA fundraiser

Attendants have dinner while waiting for the live auction to begin at the Couples for CASA red-carpet event.

Jenny Brito, Reporter

Couples for CASA, which took place on Oct. 7 at the Delemater Residence in Bakersfield, helped raise funds for CASA of Kern County and celebrated community leaders who have contributed to improving the lives of local children.
Amy Raddatz, development director, said that the goal of the red-carpet event was to provide 60 more children with a CASA volunteer for at least one year. Local influencers and leaders were invited to a night that focused on glamour and advocacy.
The first of its kind, the Hollywood Through the Ages event began at 5 p.m. sharp, and people were welcomed by paparazzi who took their pictures as they stepped on the red carpet.
Attendants enjoyed hors d’euvres and drinks while getting to know each other. Some of Bakersfield’s big names including Tim Calahan from 23 ABC news interacted with people and encouraged them to take part in the silent auction.
The silent auction offered several high-end jewelry and paintings. In addition, a “Diva Den” stocked with makeup, clothing, and other accessories from Chanel and Tiffany & Co was offered. A couch from Urner’s called the “Man’s Cave,” was a favorite among the males.
Attendants were invited to the dinner tent at approximately 6:30 p.m., where activities for the evening began. A unique game of head and tails had the audience standing with their hands on their heads or their bottoms.
Tim Calahan said that although the purpose was to have fun, the event was for a great cause. “CASA directors, power couples, and their volunteers are some of the most selfless people in Kern County,” he added.
Power Couples were those who donated or somehow supported the event. Elena LaRoque and Gilbert LaRoque, a power couple representing Bakersfield Hyundai, said that they often contribute to CASA events because it helps the local community.
After dinner, the live auction led by auctioneer Austin Dennington began. The most popular offerings included a lunch with Kevin McCarthy in Washington, a September Haze limited edition by June Carey, and tickets to Hamilton in Hollywood.
The lunch with Kevin McCarthy was particularly popular with the audience, and the winner agreed to pay $2400 for the opportunity to meet the Congressman. Two Hamilton tickets were also sold for $1900 each.
The evening concluded with music and dance performances. All proceeds from the tickets and auctions will benefit the CASA of Kern Country.