Dan Ashley’s 5th Annual “Rock the Casa” (RTC) concert featuring music icon Patti Labelle sold out and rocked the house once again at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek Saturday, March 3. Early reviews confirm that it was extraordinary.

 “What a special evening with an amazing artist and American icon. Patti LaBelle was fantastic and the perfect headliner to mark the fifth year of Rock the CASA!”  Dan emailed to Diablo Gazette.

Past performers of Rock the CASA include Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, & Melissa Etheridge.

It is oft stated in the media circle that Dan Ashley is the hardest working man on television. But Rock the CASA is a labor of love for him, combining his passions in music, philanthropy, community, and helping children in need. The benefit concert supports  CASA of Contra Costa CountyFriends of Camp Concord at Lake Tahoe, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, and Boys & Girls Club of Contra Costa County. Each year, this event raises tens of thousands of dollars in donations for these organizations.

“I am so grateful that Rock the CASA is able to provide meaningful financial support to so many worthy organizations that serve children in need,” Ashley wrote. “Nothing makes me happier than to distribute tens of thousands of dollars to these organizations, all raised from this charity concert.”

The night began backstage with a glamourous VIP party that included a raffle of donated prizes of significant value, and an auction with rare, luxurious items, autographed guitars from past RTC featured bands, a Champaign angel, and a VIP meet & greet with Patti Labelle. 

Emcee Carolyn McArdle, 98.1 The Breeze morning co-host and Concord resident, welcomed the audience and help introduce the opening act, Dan Ashley’s band featuring special guest Boston guitarist David Victor. 

“Patti LaBelle is one of my favorite artists and the fact that she is playing in a local, fantastic venue is SO exciting!” Carolyn said.  “Plus, Dan Ashley is one of my favorite people on the planet and I’m so happy to be able to help him raise money for his charity, Rock The CASA, once again!”

CASA provides volunteers to serve children placed into foster care system because of abuse or neglect at home.  Each year nearly 1000 youth, from ages up to 21 come into foster care system and are under the court’s care because they are unable to live safely at home. On average CASA serves 150 of the toughest cases or 15% of these at-risk youths.

Friends of Camp Concord sends hundreds of under-served children to summer camp at lake Tahoe each year. the concert splits the proceeds evenly between the two according to the rockthecoasa.org website.

It’s a good cause, a great concert and an exceptional community philanthropy. We look forward to Dan Ashley’s 6th Rock the CASA next year.