The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Jefferson Parish will host the “Light of Hope Gala — Every Child Counts.”

The gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the The Arbor Room in City Park, 12 Magnolia Drive in New Orleans.

The gala will raise awareness and funds for the organization’s mission: To break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through volunteers advocating for safe, nurturing and permanent homes for foster children.

The night will feature WDSU meteorologist Jay Galle as emcee, along with local vendors and sponsors such as Laurel’s Licks, Treo’s, Acme Oyster House, 5 Happiness, Barecca’s, Baker’s Dozen, Conola, Dong Phoung, Café 821 and Highland Catering.

The signature drink of the evening, The Pinwheel, will symbolize child abuse prevention and guests will be encouraged to take the pinwheel decorations to display for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

Currently, CASA Jefferson has 105 CASAs advocating for 135 children with 25 still on the waiting list and new cases entering the system daily. The total cost in advocate training, supervising and continuing education for volunteers is around $1,000 per child per year.

“This event is being held so that CASA Jefferson can have the chance to give every child in the Jefferson Parish foster care system a chance to survive and thrive,” says gala committee chair Mike Herzog.

General admission tickets include food, open bar, entertainment and silent auction. Tables are available.

For information, visit or call (504) 481-8739.