28th Annual

Mardi Gras Ball

February 29, 2020

Hyatt Regency Westlake
Westlake Village, CA

King & Queen

Each year, Community Conscience honors two individuals for their exemplary community service. This year’s honorees have contributed their time, energy, and resources to bettering our community for many years and in many ways. As such, they have earned the honor to be crowned King and Queen and reign over this year’s Mardi Gras Ball.

King John Bradley

King John Bradley has served local non-profits for many years. His interests are broad and are reflected in the scope of organizations for which he has volunteered.

The welfare of our youth is one of John’s primary concerns. He currently serves on the Board of the Discovery Center for Science and Technology and is the current Finance Chair. He has served the Westlakers as Scholarship Chair and Junior Achievement of Southern California as a board member.

John is a board member and current treasurer of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. In 2018, the YMCA bestowed upon John and his wife Karen the Joel and Frances McCrea Community Service Award for volunteering their time and support on behalf of the Y and the community at large.

John has likewise been active in supporting the local performing arts scene, currently serving on the Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts Executive Committee and as its treasurer. He was previously Vice Chair of the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Organizations representing the business community have also drawn on John’s abilities, including prior service with the Cal State Channel Island Business Advisory Council and he has been a member of the Board of Governors of Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA).

In his “spare time,” John has applied his professional abilities to helping the less fortunate through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which provides free tax return preparation services to lower-income individuals, and by serving for 42 years as volunteer legal and tax advisor to the Conejo Free Clinic. He has been an active member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club since 2010. During that span he has served on the Board of Directors and as treasurer. He has also just been chosen as the club’s 2020-2021 President-Elect.

John retired from Rocketdyne as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer and is currently a local attorney and business consultant. He and his wife Karen, a retired special education teacher, have lived in the Conejo Valley since 1974, and have two adult sons and five grandchildren.

Queen June Glasmeier

Queen June Glasmeier has volunteered with many organizations in the Conejo Valley for more than thirty-five years. She has been a generous, tireless, and constant worker for many causes in our community and she continues her work today.

June retired from the Community Conscience Board of Trustees in December 2019 after serving on its board for more than twenty years. She has held various positions with Community Conscience, including president, secretary, and a member of the Mardi Gras Ball planning committee where she has served as its co-chair.

June served as a board member for the Stagecoach Inn Museum Foundation (SIMF) and was a member of the SIMF committee that planned the Foundation’s fund- raisers. She was also a board member of the Conejo Valley Historical Society, as well as serving as secretary on its Executive Board, and on the Triunfo Ball Planning Committee.

June served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation from 2003 through 2015. She was the founding chair of its Senior Congress, chaired the Congress for five years, and continues to serve on the planning committee today. Her work on senior citizen issues also includes serving as an Assembly Member of the California Senior Legislature where she authored a bill that made notaries mandated reporters of elder financial abuse. She has also been a member of the Conejo Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Board, Thousand Oaks Council on Aging, the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, and the Senior Adult Master Plan Advisory Committee, helping lead those organizations in their activities to benefit seniors.

In addition to the activities described above, June served as a member of the Oakleaf Music Festival where she held many positions including president. June has also been a board member of the Community Leaders Association for California Lutheran University.

In recognition for her dedication to our community, June was named Doña Triunfo of the Conejo Valley Historical Society’s La Fiesta del Triunfo in 2008 and was recognized by the Ventura County Star in its inaugural recognition of “Fifty over Fifty” Ventura County volunteer leaders. She also received the Hamm Award from the Community Leaders Association at California Lutheran University for her volunteer work and was named Senior of the Year by the City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging.

Live Auction Highlights

“Phoenix” Hand Crafted Bowl

A unique wooden hand-crafted bowl crafted by City of Thousand Oaks Council Member and 2018 Mardi Gras Ball King Bob Engler. The bowl is made of manzanita wood that was burned in the Thomas Fire and then washed down to the beach in a mudslide. Bob and Sue Engler found the wood while walking on the beach in La Conchita. The bowl is signed by the artist.

Donated by Bob Engler.

Magical Dinner Party at Holdren’s Steak and Seafood with Magician Mogg the Magnificent for 16 guests

The fortunate winner will enjoy an evening at Holdren’s Steak and Seafood in Newbury Park in their private room where Mogg the Magnificent will perform magic for your enjoyment. You will receive a gift certificate to Holdren’s for $1,000 which can be used for food, beverages, tax and gratuity. For 16 guests.

Donated by Peter Mogg, Holdren’s Steak and Seafood and Elaine and Richard Williams.

Enchanting 1929 Ventura Bungalow Get-Away for 2 Nights

3 day/2-night vacation in Ventura with a view of mid-town and the ocean. The bungalow sleeps 4 to 6 persons. Children and pets allowed. 20-minute walking or 5-minute driving distance to the beach and downtown. Well appointed with amenities, large kitchen, baby grand piano, ping pong, jacuzzi, fire pit, and BBQ. Located 1 block from a large dog friendly park overlooking the sparkling sea! Also included in this get-away are dinner for 2 at Water’s Edge Restaurant and Bar in Ventura, $100 gift certificate to Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar in Oxnard, 6 tickets to Ultimate Escape Room and 6 passes to a Camerata Pacifica performance. View vacation rental listing.

Donated by Colene Riffo, Water’s Edge Restaurant and Bar, Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, Ultimate Escape Room and Camerata Pacifica.

Chef’s Tables for 2 Guests at 6 of Conejo Valley’s Finest Restaurants

Enjoy a unique dining experience at six of Conejo Valley’s finest restaurants. The fortunate winner will enjoy a Chef’s Table for 2 at the following: Boccaccio’s Restaurant Westlake Village, Farfalla Trattoria Westlake Village, Holdren’s Steaks and Seafood Newbury Park, Landing Grill and Sushi Bar Westlake Village, Tuscany il Ristorante Westlake Village, and Cho Cho San Restaurant.

This item was donated by the above restaurants.

Holland America 12-Day Cruise for 2 to a Holland America Destination of Your Choice

12-day cruise for 2 to a Holland America destination of your choice! The winner of this auction item may choose any Holland America Line Cruise for two (same stateroom), with an Ocean-view cabin, for up to 12 days (subject to availability). No expiration date. Transferrable to other destinations and/or durations with additional charges/fees.

Ultimate Wine Pairing Dinner at Boccaccio’s Restaurant Westlake

Delightful evening at Boccaccio’s Restaurant in their private dining room. Begin your ultimate dining experience with Dom Perignon Champagne and a vertical wine tasting of six consecutive years of Isosceles wine paired with appetizers. This will be followed by a multi-course dinner paired with additional fine wines (including Justin) and port. For 10 guests.

Donated by Cecilia and Frank Bellinghiere, Judy and Harry Friedman and Boccaccio’s Restaurant Westlake Village.

Hawaii Dream Vacation for 2 Guests, 7 Nights at the Royal Kona Resort at Kailua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii

Your vacation will include:

  • 8-days/7-nights at the Royal Kona Resort at Kailua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Deluxe ocean view room
  • Oceanfront 12-acre resort offers superb service and amenities in an unparalleled setting
  • Luau for 2 with VIP seating
  • Travel must be completed by December 17, 2020. Blackout dates apply. Dates subject to availability.

Donated by Hogan Family and Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts.

Hyatt Regency Westlake Chef’s Table for 10 Guests with Food and Wine Pairing

Join Hyatt Regency Westlake Executive Chef Steve Johnson for a special night of exquisite cuisine with each course matched to selected wines in Harvest Kitchen and Bar – Hyatt’s “Farm Fresh to Table” inspired restaurant. Your chef’s table will include a five-course meal for 10 guests. Minimum 3 weeks advance reservation required. Expires February 28, 2021.

Donated by the Hyatt Regency Westlake.

Evening of Improvisational Comedy

Host a party of a lifetime where you treat your guests to an evening of improvisational comedy performed by California Lutheran University students. Must be used by May 8.

One case of wine (8 bottles 2015 Cousino Macul Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 bottles 2015 Opolo Chardonnay) plus a gift certificate for $750 for catering services provided by Stonefire Grill are included in this fun event. You set the number of guests!

Donated by California Lutheran University Theatre and Dance Department and Stonefire Grill.

Magni Home Collection “Paris” Wall Sconces

The “Paris” sconce features a cast glass shade with a bronze arm and hand chiseled detail. The backplate has a raised panel detail and is accentuated with a rubbed finish. Jim Magni, internationally acclaimed designer, created this pair of wall sconces which measures 4 ½ inches wide and 16 inches high and has a 4-inch projection. Learn more at the Magni Home Collection site.

Donated by Jim Magni.

Party Boat Ride with Eloise and Chuck Cohen Followed by Dinner at Boccaccio’s for 6 guests

Spend a fun evening on Westlake Lake with 2016 MGB Queen Eloise and King Chuck Cohen. Your evening begins on a party boat with Eloise and Chuck with a one to two hour relaxing sunset cruise with wine and appetizers. Your party cruise is then followed by a gourmet four course dinner at Boccaccio’s Restaurant. For up to 6 guests.

Donated by Eloise and Chuck Cohen, Barbara and Russ Spear, and Boccaccio’s Restaurant.

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Barbara Ashcraft
In Loving Memory of Mel Ashcraft
Hugh & Keets Cassar
Cheryl Klepper and Jacque & Greg Lockwood​
Wayne & Phyllis Rickert​

Silver Sponsors

Larry Marquart
Richard & Joan Young

Bronze Sponsors

Cecilia & Frank Bellinghiere
Fran Brough & Chuck Cunningham
Dr. Frank Dawson
Margaret Fieweger
David & Carol Freeman
Ron & Pat Grant

Marta & Bruce Rothwell
Barbaras Development, Inc.

Become a Major Sponsor

A Message From Robin Britt...

As planning for the 28th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 30 years ago. Our goal is to continue to operate and maintain the Human Services Center that guarantees our non-profit agencies a rent-free office. This allows the agencies to concentrate their funds and resources directly on programs and support for their clients. None of this is possible without your dedication to the underserved in the Conejo Valley.

By pledging your Major Sponsorship commitment for the 2020 Mardi Gras Ball, you will ensure access to important services in one location. On behalf of the 13 non-profit tenants and those they serve at the Human Services Center, we thank you for your continued support.

Robin Britt
Executive Director, Community Conscience

Dear Community Leader,

As planning for the 28th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 30 years ago. Our goal is to continue to operate and maintain the Human Services Center that guarantees our non-profit agencies a rent-free office. This allows the agencies to concentrate their funds and resources directly on programs and support for their clients. None of this is possible without your dedication to the underserved in the Conejo Valley.

As the need for access to human services has grown in our community, so too have the programs providing these services within the walls of the Human Services Center. Through your generous donations and sponsorships, these are just some of the successes realized during this past year:

  • 13 non-profit agencies diverted over $300,000 in saved rent to their programs.
  • 39 homeless people were housed.
  • 58 people were rescued from human trafficking.
  • 125 disabled persons received life skills training for independence.
  • 350 people were assisted with employment services.
  • 2,000 vulnerable children, adults, and seniors received regular exercise programs from licensed trainers.
  • 5,000 people received grief support and hospice services.
  • 5,030 people learned to prevent bullying through kindness and inclusion workshops.
  • Critical children and family services continued at no cost for over 50,000 people such as: food security; financial assistance; mental health; parenting education; medical, dental, and legal services.

The 2020 Mardi Gras Ball is our largest fundraiser of the year and it is expected to be attended by more than 300 community leaders, guests, and media. Together we will celebrate your commitment to the health and wellness of this community with delicious food and spirits, live and silent auctions, wonderful music, dancing, and camaraderie.

A complete list of sponsorship levels and benefits is included for your consideration. On behalf of the 13 non-profit tenants and those they serve at the Human Services Center, we thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,
Robin Britt
Executive Director, Community Conscience