Friday, April 5, 2013

Event: CASL's 24th Annual Dinner Gala

Volunteers Needed: Behind the Scenes at CASL's Dinner Gala

CASL's 24th Annual Dinner Gala is coming up on Monday, May 8, 2013. This is CASL's largest fundraiser of the year with over 500 guests and over $300,000 raised! The Gala is an all-hands-on-deck project for CASL, and AB has been asked to spread the word on volunteer opportunities. 

In order for the dinner to succeed, CASL needs a lot of help with event setup and management. This is a great way to help with CASL's fundraising effort, as well as getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of its marketing and development strategies. Volunteers are needed from 4:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. with flexible start time if you cannot leave work until 5p.m. Training on all positions will be provided on-site, and volunteers will also receive a staff meal. 

Specific volunteer opportunities include:
  • Event set up-decoration of the room, arrangement of the room
  • Registration desk-help with event check-in, name tags, etc.
  • Ushers-help direct guests, answer questions
  • Stage helpers with performers-help manage the young dancers, stage performers, etc.
  • Staffing for the media table-check in interface with media and journalists
  • Auction-help with the operation of silent auction

If you are interested, please contact, for more information.   

Would you like to attend CASL's 24th Annual Dinner Gala?

The Gala will feature a gourmet 3 course meal prepared by three spectacular chefs, Charlie Trotter, Art Smith, and Tony Hu. Dinner program will also include a cocktail reception, silent auction, raffle, traditional Chinese Lion Dance and performances by CASL’s clients. 

The Associate Board just received a big discount for tickets and we want to pass on this opportunity to you!  Corporate pricing is normally $350/ticket, and we are able to purchase tickets at $150 each!  We would love to be able to put a full table of Associate Board members together! 

Please contact for more information.

Meets and Eats!

On a cold night on Friday in March, a group of CASL AB members got together to warm up with some hotpot at Sweet Station. It was a great evening of meets, eats, and greets (and sweets). We took this opportunity for AB members to let their hair down and really get to know one another. AB members experienced a night of fun, delicious food, and laughter. It was a great way to say good bye to a fantastic winter of AB events and start the spring! 

Lunar New Year Chinatown Parade 2013

In February, the Associate Board led the design of the CASL float in the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade. Thousands of Chicagoans came to watch the festivities and celebrate. We worked closely with high school students from the WIA high school program to design and then decorate the float.