Celebrating the Journey of Heart, Mind and Courage!

Gala tickets and sponsorships are SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest in our 25th Anniversary Gala. If you have a ticket and are unable to attend, or if you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Monica Jackson at [email protected] or call at (301) 476-8525 x430. While we can still list individuals and organizations as sponsors, we cannot guarantee tickets to the event at this time. 

Getaway Raffle – With just 300 tickets available, don't miss your chance to win your choice of 4 fabulous trips! 

Your participation provides critical operating funds for C.A.S.E. and helps more families in need afford the cost of therapy.




Inside The Gala

Special Guest


Kym Whitley, Mistress of Ceremonies, comedian, actress, adoptive parent

Read her bio



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Music Performance

The highly acclaimed and national award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts Voices In Motion
Show Choir!
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Stars of Adoption 

Lucy Wheeland is a 2023 Star of Adoption! 

Read her bio.

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Live Auction


More information coming soon! 




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25th Anniversary Tribute Messages

Add a virtual "brick" to C.A.S.E.'s yellow brick road with your anniversary wishes, story of how C.A.S.E. made a difference in your life, or tribute to a friend or family member touched by adoption, foster, or kinship care.

Give A Tribute Message

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Invest in the mental health of adoptive, foster, and kinship families.

Donate now and join our Fund-a-Family appeal the night of the gala to help families afford therapy.



Maria Garcia Anderson, President & CEO, Anderson Fire Protection, Inc. & C.A.S.E. Board Member

  Philip Gibbs, President, Hamel Builders, Inc. 

Honorary Co-Chairs

Catherine Leggett, Community Advocate

Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of Somerset, MD

Host Committee

Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

Melanie Folstad and Rick McUmber

Barbara Harrison

Jena Belinkie Riley

Reece and Rob Scheer

Thank you to our Emerald City Sponsors

Bernard Family Foundation         Cristena Bach Yeutter Charitable Trust


Honorary Committee

Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland

Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland

Congressman John Sarbanes,

Attorney General of Maryland Anthony Brown

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, DC

Councilmember Kristin Mink,
Montgomery County, MD

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks,
Prince Georges County, MD

Councilmember Jolene Ivey,
Prince Georges County, MD


Board of Supervisors Chair Jeffrey McKay, Fairfax County, VA

Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County, VA


Frequently Asked Questions

The event is in a NEW location at The Hamilton Hotel in the Schuyler Ballroom, 1001 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.

You'll start your journey on the yellow brick road at 6:00pm with cocktails and appetizers and a celebration of Legacy Stars of Adoption who have made a difference in the lives of so many families through their support of C.A.S.E. Don't miss the chance to experience the Mind, Courage and Heart of the families we serve in three experential rooms.

At 7:30pm, you'll find yourself in the Emerald City for dinner and our inspiring program hosted by comedian and adoptive mom, Kym Whitley.  The evening continues with DJ Josh Allen and dancing from 9:00 - 11:00pm.

C.A.S.E. arranged with Colonial Parking (1425 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005) to provide Gala parking for $15/car.

It's just a 2-minute walk to the hotel. The garage closes at 11:30 pm and won’t reopen until Monday - so don't be late!  

Valet parking at the hotel is $29/car.

There is very limited street parking.

The closest Metro station is McPherson Square (blue/orange/silver) one block from the hotel. The Farragut North Metro station (red) is about a 10-minute walk.

We have secured a block of rooms at The Hamilton Hotel at a discounted rate of $279/night.  If you would like to stay overnight, please contact us by Friday, March 24th

Guest cancellation is required within 48 hours prior to guest's check-in date, or the hotel may charge you one night's room fee plus any applicable taxes.

Cocktail attire. Please don't forget your dancing shoes!

We will be serving a variety of appetizers including vegetarian and vegan options.  Please notify Monica Jackson, [email protected] by Friday, April 8th, if you have dietary concerns, such as the need for gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian meal.

Please contact Monica Jackson at 301.476.8525 Ext 430. or [email protected].