CASA raises funds at Off to the Races event

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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.”

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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.

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