2018 Mardi Gras Ball

King and Queen of the 2018 Mardi Gras Ball

Bob Engler and Helene Ross have been named King and Queen of the 26th annual Mardi Gras Ball, which will be held the evening of Saturday March 3 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake Village Hotel. The Ball is Community Conscience’s largest fund-raiser and this year’s title sponsor is Union Bank. With the proceeds and other donations, Community Conscience provides space rent-free to thirteen local non-profits, enabling them to more effectively serve our community.

Each year, Community Conscience honors two individuals for their exemplary community service. This year’s honorees have contributed their time, energy, and resources to bettering our community for many years and in many ways. As such, they are truly deserving to be crowned King and Queen and reign over the festivities at the Ball.

Learn more about this year’s honorees ›

2018 Mardi Gras Ball Title Sponsor

Mardi Gras Gold Sponsors

Mardi Gras Silver Sponsors

Hugh & Keets Cassar

Mardi Gras Bronze Sponsors

Cecilia & Frank Bellinghiere

Bob & Patty Biery

Frank & Cheryl Dawson

Margaret Fieweger

John & Sybil Flintoff

David & Carol Freeman

Judy & Harry Friedman

Jacque & Greg Lockwood

Bruce Rothwell

Richard & Joanie Young

Mardi Gras In-Kind Sponsors

Colonel Jerry Knotts,
Conejo Valley Chapter
Military Order of the World Wars


Once again the Mardi Gras Ball, the major annual fundraiser for Community Conscience, was a huge success.

Guests arrived to the sounds of The Riverboat Dixie Jazz Band at North Ranch Country Club in the early evening of March 4th.   Delicious hors d’oeuvres and flutes of champagne were passed to them as they wandered through a room filled with silent auction items and an entry hall lined with a preview of exciting live auction items. Guests were then offered an opportunity to pose with Mardi Gras masks, hats and beads in a photo booth and received their souvenir photo seconds after exiting the booth.

Everyone entered the ballroom at 6:30 pm to await the grand entrance of the 2017 King and Queen, Hugh Cassar and Keets Cassar who were ushered in to the sounds of Pipe Major Bill Boetticher.  Mardi Gras Ball Co-Chair Fran Brough described the many accomplishments of Hugh and Keets who graciously accepted the honor bestowed upon them, stating how much they love this community and enjoy giving back to the region where they raised their family.

Kenny Shirey of California Coast Auctions conducted the live auction and “Keep the Lights On” segment of the program. Guests had the chance to bid on three different travel opportunities, gourmet dining experiences, VIP tours at Sony Studios, and more.  “Keep the Lights On” raised additional funds as many donated from their hearts. Funds raised this year will assure that the tenant charities can continue to operate rent free at the Human Services Center.

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous donation of time and energy from an army of volunteers, a dedicated board of trustees, major sponsors, live auction and in-kind donors, and the many goods and services donated from friends in the community to create the silent auction. Please make note of our generous donors and sponsors who are listed in this newsletter.

2017 Mardi Gras Ball Photo Gallery