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Event co-chairs: Bela Cooley, Megan Sterquell, Elise Nichols Photo credit: James Coreas

More than 400 of Dallas’ most glittering young people gathered at The Hall on Dragon on February 1st for Dallas CASA’s 5th annual casino party, CASAblanca. This black tie event hosted by Dallas CASA’s Young Professionals group was chaired by Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell and presented by The Hiduke Foundation.

The evening featured casino games, live music by The Special Edition Band, and a room full of guests committed to fighting child abuse. Men wore tuxedos while women sparkled in sequins. The young crowd gathered around blackjack and craps tables, spending pseudo money to earn chances at prizes. Guests posed for black and white shots in the MirMir photobooth and enjoyed a by-donation champagne bar.

After winning at the tables, The Special Edition Band kept the crowd moving on the dance floor. Guests enjoyed passed appetizers including a live work station, serving fresh fried rice in take-out containers. The evening ended with take-home honey butter chicken biscuits and a silent auction. 

Dallas CASA Young Professionals is an auxiliary support group of Dallas CASA open to young people between the ages of 21 and 40. The group raises critical funds for and awareness about Dallas CASA, which recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to serve as advocates for children in protective care.

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