2012 Queen of Hearts Casino Night

Two hundred generous supporters joined the Child Abuse Prevention Center for our Queen of Hearts Casino Night on February 11th at Newport Lexus in beautiful Newport Beach, California. Guests participated in a night of games, entertainment, live and silent auctions, that included a getaway to the Resort at Pelican Hill and highly sought after Anaheim Ducks v. Nashville Predators game tickets with autographed Ducks memorabilia and amazing prizes, raising almost $40,000 to provide direct abuse prevention services to the over 4,000 at-risk children and families in Orange County.

Executive Director Scott Trotter and Casino Committee Chair Thomas Manakides presenting Guest Speaker with congratulatory flowers

Chef Kim from Charlie Palmer catered an array of delicious bites, including spicy lamb meatballs, roasted beet salad, and a decadent seafood gumbo.  Linda Kirkpatrick, owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes, was on hand to provide guests with mini red velvet and chocolate bundt cakes. The tremendous generosity at our Queen of Hearts Casino Night helped ensure that our programs reach all those who may benefit from our services and allow us to continue supporting the needs of our families.

To underscore the importance of the Child Abuse Prevention Center, Tiara, a former program participant, spoke courageously of her challenges. Her personal struggles as a “hotel mom”, raising her two young children, brought the audience to tears. Working together with her caseworker, she learned essential parenting skills, bonded with her two children and mended the damage her parents left behind. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree at University of California, Irvine and strives to attend law school. She thanked the Prevention Center for the life-changing impact on her family.

Guests Lance Williams and Denise Beltran enjoying one of many Casino games

However, none of the events could have been successful without the incredible support of the Business Advisory Board Casino Night Committee, who secured in-kind donations totaling $17,500! Chaired by dedicated board member Thomas Manakides, this all volunteer committee tirelessly worked to make the Queen of Hearts Casino Night a success! We would like to recognize the contributions of the committee comprised of the following individuals: Thomas Manakides, Chair; Angela George, Co-Chair; Abbas Gokal, Co-Chair; Melissa Culp, Event Planner; Caitlin Blanche; Chuck Kiskaden; Jeff Lassiter; Bryan and Jennifer Lipinski; Keith Rodenhuis; Brad Schmitt; and Jessica Fernandez.

To view and purchase photos from the event please visit: http://www.lovphotos.com/event/CAP-Casino     50% of photography profits from the event will benefit the Prevention Center!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!