Center for Adoption Support and Education

Branching Out Gala & Silent Auction

 Thank you!


Friday, October 16, 2020          7:00PM to 8:30PM

Inside The Gala

Resilience & Resolve: Together We Thrive

Thank you to everyone who joined us VIRTUALLY on Friday evening for an inspirational event! Please check back here shortly for photos, videos and a recap of the unbelievable generosity of our supporters who helped us raise funds to meet the growing needs of adoptive, kinship and foster families.  We're still accepting donations! Please consider contributing by clicking the button to your right.

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors!

Your support increases access to C.A.S.E.'s high-quality services, extends our reach, and sustains our impact.

View a list of our Gala sponsors, click here.


Please check back here shortly for
photos, videos and a recap of our virtual gala event.

Our silent auction is NOW OPEN!
Bid on amazing vacation homes, jewelry and much more.

Take Me to the Silent Auction



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

  Philip Gibbs, President, Hamel Builders, Inc. & C.A.S.E. Growing Together Campaign Co-Chair


Honorary Co-Chairs

Catherine Leggett, C.A.S.E. Growing Together Campaign Co-Chair

Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of Somerset, MD

Honorary Committee 

Cathy S. Bernard      Senator Ben Cardin      Councilmember Dannielle Glaros       Catherine Leggett   

Chairman Jeffrey McKay      Chair Phyllis Randall      Councilmember Craig Rice       Greta Rosenzweig   

Ann and Steve Roth        Congressman John Sarbanes        Senator Chris Van Hollen


Inside The Gala

Star of Adoption Awards

C.A.S.E. honored two individuals as Stars of Adoption for their resilience, strength and impact on the adoption and foster care community. Read Their Bios

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Silent Auction

Our silent auction will remain open from October 16-25. Find a gift for someone special or experience something new. All proceeds benefit adoptive and foster families. View Auction

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Give From The Heart

In 2019, 69 C.A.S.E. clients  and their family members benefitted from reduced fees; due to the pandemic, 70 have benefitted in the first 7 months of 2020 already.

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Special Guest Speaker: Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne is a New York Times bestselling author, award winning recording artist, presenter and former foster youth dedicated to creating a positive change in the lives of children in foster care who need permanent families. View Bio

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Special Guest:

Dr. DeRionne Pollard

Dr. DeRionne Pollard is the President, Montgomery College, Maryland, recipient of the 2017 Academic Leadership Award from Carnegie Corporation of New York, named one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine and adoptive parent. View Bio

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2020 Harris K. Leonard Memorial Scholarship  

In honor of the late Harris K. Leonard’s interest in children who have experienced foster care and his life long dedication to education, the Leonard family has established the Harris K. Leonard Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to be awarded to a student who is currently in foster care, has aged out of foster care or was adopted from foster care and is pursuing post-high school education.

Read more about the first scholarship recipient Breyonna Hawkins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to check out our auction and register to bid. You do not need to be present to have the winning bid.

Please contact Tamara Arsenault at (301) 476-8525 Ext. 429 or