December 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 11 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Attendees at Casino Night included (from left) Sally Suchil, LACBA Executive Director;
Eric Webber, LACBA President; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa;
Judge Kim Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals; Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck;
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon; Foundation President
Susan Koehler Sullivan; and Foundation Executive Director Ivan Price.   

Foundation's Casino & Poker Night Deemed a Winner 

More than 200 supporters of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation gathered on November 10, 2011, for an elegant evening of Vegas-style gaming to raise funds to support the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s three pro bono projects: Domestic Violence, AIDS Legal Services, and Immigration Legal Assistance.

As part of the celebration, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recognized Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Judge Kim Wardlaw, U.S. Court of Appeals, who were honored by the Foundation for their work in support of the causes served by the three pro bono projects.

The newly redesigned Los Angeles Athletic Club was transformed into a high-end Monte Carlo casino, complete with a VIP High Rollers section; blackjack, roulette, poker, and craps tables; and the sounds of people cheering their winning streaks.

The funds raised through Casino & Poker Night will directly benefit the three projects, which have provided legal services for low-income families in Los Angeles County for more than 25 years. Last year alone, the Domestic Violence, AIDS Legal Services, and Immigration Legal Assistance projects helped more than 20,000 people and provided more than $3.6 million in pro bono services.

While the actual big winners of the evening are the underserved in Los Angeles County who will benefit from the services provided through the projects, everyone who attended the event had a chance to win fantastic raffle prizes, including trips to international and domestic destinations, airline tickets, Dodgers and Kings sports ticket packages, and much more.

Among the big winners of the evening were Bo Thoreen and his wife, Vivian Lee, who won a four-night stay at a deluxe flat in Paris located in the Montmartre district near the Basilica Sacré-Cœur; Deborah Saxe, who received a one-week stay at a three-bedroom ski chalet in Taos, New Mexico; and Gwen Ostrosky, who won a spa weekend at the Lodge in Torrey Pines.

No one left empty handed, as High Rollers were treated to gift baskets and swag bags featuring fine wine, tickets to a future Dodgers game, and spa treatments. Red Carpet attendees received swag bags featuring 8 oz. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee bags, LACBA-branded items, and more.

High Rollers also received access to a special VIP-only area where they were able to meet Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck, and Judge Wardlaw, while enjoying a variety of gourmet appetizers, cappuccinos, spiked milk shakes, and unlimited drinks as well as receiving extra raffle tickets for the drawing.

To receive information about next year’s event—either as an attendee or sponsor—please click here.

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