by Dan Ashley
I am very happy to report that this year’s Rock the CASA charity concert (RTC4) was a huge success on every level.
Melissa Etheridge was the headliner for RTC4 and she absolutely brought the house down for more than two hours of incredible music. I created Rock the CASA as a 501-c3 several years ago in order to help under-served Bay Area children in need through several worthy organizations that I am proud to serve as a board member. Rock the CASA benefits Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) which provides caring and well-trained volunteers to help young people who were removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. RTC also proves financial support to Friends of Camp Concord which sends underserved kids to summer camp in Lake Tahoe, all expenses paid. In the twenty-two years that I’ve hosted a golf tournament to raise money for FOCC, this summer we will send our ten-thousandth child to camp. Rock the CASA also provides an equal share of financial support to Big Brothers Big Sisters which pairs children with adult mentors.
With those terrific beneficiaries as the foundation of the concert, Rock the CASA was our best effort yet—raising a lot of money and awareness for great causes and giving patrons a fantastic evening out at the same time.
Steven Adler, from Guns & Roses, flew up from Los Angeles to support the event—playing the iconic “Sweet Child o’ Mine” with my new band of touring musicians and we were delighted to open the show.
One of the highlights each year for patrons is the remarkable collection of auction and raffle items that are available. Whether it’s a signed guitar from Melissa Etheridge or Sammy Hagar, or a piece of fine jewelry from Heller’s Jewelers, or a framed jersey signed by Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, there were plenty of opportunities to acquire something special and help children in the process.
Please join us next year for RTC5—Rock the CASA will be held on March 2nd 2019 in Walnut Creek.
For more information, please go to rockthecasa.org