FRIENDS OF CASA
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON TEAM 2017
2017 Event Chairs
Stefanie Stamires has been involved with Friends of CASA (FOCASA) since 2012. She fondly remembers her first year working under the dynamic Kathryn Seebold and Courtney Wittkop when they were Holiday Luncheon Co-Chairs. Ms. Stamires has proudly been a part of the Silent Auction Committee, and had the honor of working with Marjie Zethraus and Janine Wald as Silent Auction
Co-Chairs and members of the Executive Committee in 2016.
Ms. Stamires began her career in public relations, and one of her first clients was Teach For America. After observing a classroom lesson led by a prominent celebrity, she realized children and education were her true passion. While working in Orange County as an elementary school teacher, Ms. Stamires became acquainted with the CASA organization, as she had a few students who were involved in the program. Her first-hand knowledge and experience with those students always stayed with her.
With her on-going experience as a silent auction committee member and co-chair, Stefanie is honored to serve CASA and FOCASA as the 2017 Holiday Luncheon Co-Chair with the amazing Marjie Zethraus. The passion she feels for the organization fuels her efforts to deliver another incredibly successful event. She also has been fortunate enough to work alongside
incredible former Co-Chairs.
Currently, Ms. Stamires is the Program Coordinator for fodada.com, an apparel company in Newport Beach, California, where she helps plan and implement no-cost programs that are designed to encourage dads and their kids to spend meaningful, quality time together. She plans to continue to leverage the partnerships she has created on behalf of fodada.com to generate interest, and silent auction donations for the luncheon.
Marjie Zethraus was first introduced to CASA in 2010 as a
member of the Junior League of Orange County, CA (JLOCC). JLOCC partnered with CASA and focused on the emancipating youth, and planned several events for CASAs and their foster
youth to do together, including a fitness day, cooking class,
and etiquette dinner. Zethraus personally planned a scavenger hunt which took CASAs and their foster youth around
Orange County and exposed them to adult life skills such as
how to open a checking account, use the library computers,
find an apartment to rent, and how to find a car to buy.
Each event they planned that year brought laughter
and excitement to the foster youth. Zethraus was honored
to be a part of it and knew instantly that CASA was
a very special organization.
In 2016, the opportunity to become more involved with
CASA came up when Zethraus was asked to join
Friends of CASA and serve on the Holiday Luncheon
committee as Silent Auction Co-Chair. Every woman she met
that year was nothing short of extraordinary.
Everyone worked hard and held up their end of the bargain,
which can be rare in a volunteer situation.
Zethraus thoroughly enjoyed each moment of it, and
was honored to be co-chairing this year’s Holiday Luncheon.
The committee this year is a perfect balance of
Holiday Luncheon “veterans” with experience and
thoughtful advice and new members with fresh ideas.
Everyone is engaged and supports one another which
makes planning the event and raising funds for
Orange County’s foster youth enjoyable
and rewarding on many levels.
CASA of Orange County is proud to present this year's chairs and committee who have made this wonderful event possible. With great thanks to our sponsors and volunteers, as well as many supporters who have donated time, money, effort and products in-kind, we give you our appreciation and present our team for 2017. We would also like to recognize the many quiet heroes who have given so much of themselves to make this event successful.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Kimberly DeLamar Matties
Jennifer Gonzales Oxen