CASA raises funds at Off to the Races event
EASTON — More than 250 guests showed up to suppor t CASA of the Mid-Shore’s Off to the Races event on May 21 in hats, bow ties, fancy attire, raincoats and boots. The evening was organized by chairmen Mary Lou McAllister and Bruce Wiltsie, along with committee members and event sponsors.
Welcomed from the rain into a tent topped with Maryland flags and adorned by lights, guests enjoyed live flowers on every table, specialty cocktails, Gourmet by the Bay’s cuisine, live swing music, dancing and the running of the 141st Preakness Stakes, live, on large screens. There were awards for the Best Dressed Gent, Best Lady’s Hat and a Best Boots, a new category.
The 12 celebrity jockeys who raised funds for CASA prior to the evening competed in a virtual horse racing game, with Deanna Van Skiver, Jim Corson and Dean Tyson, finishing first, second and third, respectively.
Board member Susan Mandl and husband Alex offered guests a chance to match their $25,000 challenge grant. With Tripper Showell as the emcee, guests’ donations quickly totaled $25,000, at which point the Mandl’s increased their match by an additional $10,000. This was also matched by the evening’s guests.
“We deeply appreciate Susan and Alex Mandl for their incredibly generous legacy of hope, and we thank our celebrity jockeys, event hosts and sponsors, and all of our guests for caring about the lives of some of our region’s most vulnerable children,” said CASA’s Executive Director Robin Davenport. “Court appointed special advocates give voice to the needs, wishes, and best interest of children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. We know that by advocating now for these children, we can help to improve their outcomes and their futures. Simply put, CASA is a safe bet for children.”
The CASA Stakes winning jockeys, from left, were Deanna Van Skiver, Jim Corson and Dean Tyson.
From left are Mary Griffin, CASA of the Mid-Shore board president; May Lou McAllister, Off to the Races co-chairman; and Robin Davenport, CASA executive director.