Annual Mardi Gras Ball


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.

Mark your calendars!
We look forward to doing it all over again
on March 3, 2018
at the Hyatt Regency Westlake!

If you are interested in becoming a Major Sponsor for 2018 Mardi Gras Ball, please call Robin at 805-494-3543 or email

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their
support of the 2017 Mard Gras Ball!

2017 Mardi Gras Fun!!


2017 Mardi Gras Ball Title Sponsor


Mardi Gras Platinum Sponsors

Mardi Gras Gold Sponsors

Mardi Gras Silver Sponsors

Ventura County
Credit Union

Mardi Gras Bronze Sponsors

California American Water

California Lutheran University

Coast Hills Credit Union

Custom Creations by
Jonathan Flintoff

Tom & Cara Cohen

Margaret Fieweger

Jacque & Greg Lockwood

Janss Marketplace

Oak Asset Management

Ron & Pat Grant

Premium Wine Donor

Opolo Vineyards

In Kind Donors

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

CR Print – Dave Friedl

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Westlake Village

Meathead Movers

Conejo Photobooth provided
by Thousand Oaks Youth Commission

Rhonnie Curt,
Society Social Calendar