27th Annual

Mardi Gras Ball

February 23, 2019

Hyatt Regency Westlake
Westlake Village, CA

Festivities begin at 5:00 PM with a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by the Riverboat Dixie Jazz Band, and the silent auction. A wonderful dinner will follow, along with a live auction, King & Queen recognition, and dancing to Fifth Avenue Entertainment.

2019 Mardi Gras Ball Title Sponsor

A Great Night For A Great Cause

The Mardi Gras Ball is the largest fund-raiser for Community Conscience. Your support ensures RENT-FREE office space for 13 Human Service non-profits who provide assistance to those in need.

The Ball is expected to be attended by more than 250 community leaders, guests, and media. Together we will celebrate your commitment to the health and wellness of this community.

Festivities begin at 5:00 PM with a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by the Riverboat Dixie Jazz Band, and the silent auction. A wonderful dinner will follow, along with a live auction, King & Queen recognition, and dancing to Fifth Avenue Entertainment.

Purchase Tickets

Individual tickets to the Mardi Gras Ball are $175. If you are buying multiple tickets, please consider becoming either a Table Sponsor or Major Sponsor.

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Sponsor a Table

As a table sponsor, you are crucial to the success of the Mardi Gras Ball. You will coordinate filling a table of 10 persons. The cost of a table of 10 is $1,500, a savings of $250 compared to individual tickets of $175 per person.

Table sponsors will have individual table signs with their name or the name of their company, club, family, or non-profit and additional recognition in the program book.

Please let us count on you to step up and reach out to family, friends, board members, business associates and others to join you in filling a table or two. We promise you an exciting evening supporting an excellent cause.

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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.

Jerry Miller Headshot Circle

King Jerry Miller

King Jerry Miller is best known in the community for his tenure as President of California Lutheran University from 1980 to 1992. As President, he guided a period of significant academic and physical growth. Most importantly, our little local College expanded and improved its academic curriculum under his leadership and was able to earn University status in 1986. Enrollment nearly doubled to almost 3,000 students, and several major building projects were accomplished, including the Pearson Library, Preus-Brandt Forum, Ahmanson Science Center, and Samuelson Chapel. And, the Federal Communications Commission granted the University a charter for the much-appreciated KCLU radio station in 1989.

Dr. Miller has been a leader in the wider community as well. He has served on many local Boards of Directors, including Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Red Cross, United Way, Conejo Future Foundation, Many Mansions, Community Conscience, Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Alliance for the Arts, and the Thousand Oaks Library Foundation.

Jerry also serves the community through his membership in the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club and is an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. He has received many awards for service, including the Patrick Henry Citizenship Medal from the Military Order of the World Wars, the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Christus Award from Cal Lutheran, and in 1999 the Conejo Valley Historical Society named him “Don Triunfo,” recognizing his service to the Society and the community in general.

Our new King is a graduate of Harvard University, and holds a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He and his wife Margaret have been married sixty years and have lived in Thousand Oaks since early 1981; they have five children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Sherrill Hyink circle headshot

Queen Sherrill Hyink

Queen Sherrill Hyink is a long-time dedicated and enthusiastic leader in many efforts to better our community. She is a retired teacher, with 29 years of service to the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

In addition to molding the minds and character of our youth as her day job, Sherrill logged many years as the faculty advisor to the Los Cerritos Middle School Builders Club. A Builders Club is a service club for middle school students, sponsored and supported by a local Kiwanis Club.

As a current member of the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, Sherrill continues to advise the Los Cerritos Builders Club and also serves as a Key Club advisor at Thousand Oaks High School. Sherrill is and has always been instrumental in helping students to gain an appreciation for service to others and to develop leadership skills through participation in the Club.

Sherrill plays other key roles in Kiwanis, including coordinating volunteers for the Monday route that the Club drives for the Senior Concerns Meals on Wheels program, organizing and directing silent auctions at the Club’s fundraising events, and taking the lead in the Club’s fund-raising efforts to support the Kiwanis International goal of eliminating maternal neo-natal tetanus worldwide. She’s historically been one of the organizers of the Club’s annual “Give Back” basketball tournament, which last year raised $7,000 for Manna, the local food pantry.

Ms. Hyink’s volunteer service efforts range far beyond Kiwanis, however. As “Sheriff Sherrill” she served as the coordinator of the annual Conejo Valley Crop Walk for fifteen years, marshaling local resources to attack world-wide hunger. Sherrill also volunteers for Make-A-Wish Foundation, helping make dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

For many years, Sherrill has been a leader of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of top women educators, serving as an inspiration to women in the field. And she volunteers to brighten the lives of patients at local nursing homes, not only with her personal charm but also by bringing her middle school students to provide musical entertainment.

The Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club honored Sherrill as Kiwanian of the Year in 2010 and also has given her a Distinguished Service Award. She has received a Service and Achievement Award from the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, a Distinguished Teacher of the Month award from the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, and when the Olympic torch passed through Ventura County, Sherrill ran a leg, earning $3,000 for the Conejo Valley YMCA.

Sherrill feels blessed with good health, great friends, participation in active support groups, and a strong faith. She believes people were put on this earth to help make it a better place, no matter how large or small the effort. Sherrill is widowed, having lost Cliff, her husband of fifty years, two years ago, and has two sons and two grandsons.

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Cheryl Klepper and Jacque & Greg Lockwood

Larry & Roshan Marquart

Harry & Judy Friedman

Pat & Ron Grant and Fran Brough & Chuck Cunningham

Bronze Sponsors

Cecilia & Frank Bellinghiere

Barbaras Development, INC
Bruce Rothwell

Become a Major Sponsor

A Message From Robin Britt...

Community Conscience is proud to announce the 30-year celebration of the Human Services Center in our community. As planning for the 27th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize that this building is as important today as it was 30 years ago.

By pledging your Major Sponsorship commitment for the 2019 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,

Community Conscience is proud to announce the 30-year celebration of the Human Services Center in our community.  As planning for the 27th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize that this building is as important today as it was 30 years ago.  Our goal is to continue to operate and maintain this facility 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 sponsorship these are just some of the successes realized during this past year:

  • 13 non-profit agencies diverted over $250,000.00 in saved rent to their programs.
  • Over 25,000 underserved children, adults, and seniors have received services on site.
  • Outreach support services have been provided to 10,000 more individuals in the community.
  • A State-of-the-Art Dental Clinic providing free dental care opened its doors.
  • 58 homeless people were housed.
  • New programs to rescue and support victims of human trafficking were added.
  • Critical children and family services continued at no cost such as food insecurity, shelter, financial assistance, mental health, life skills for disabled, parenting education, anti-bullying, employment assistance, medical, dental, and legal services, exercise programs, and grief counseling.

By pledging your Major Sponsorship commitment for the 2019 Mardi Gras Ball, you will ensure access to these services in one location. The event to be held on February 23, 2019, is our largest fundraiser of the year and it is expected to be attended by more than 250 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.

Your generous Mardi Gras Ball donation and sponsorship will receive prominent recognition. A complete list of sponsorship levels and benefits is included for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon at the number listed below. We will also contact you as a follow-up to this request. 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

Titanium Sponsor *

$ 7,500
  • Name in media releases & advertising
  • Name highlighted in the program book
  • Poster sign with your name in the lobby area
  • Special recognition at the event
  • Table of 10 with priority seating at event
  • Sign with name placed on table

Platinum Sponsor *

$ 5,000
  • Name in media releases & advertising
  • Name highlighted in the program book
  • Special recognition at the event
  • Table of 10 with priority seating at event
  • Sign with name placed on table

Gold Sponsor *

$ 3,000
  • Name highlighted in the program book
  • Sign with name placed on table
  • Six Guest Tickets To The Event

Silver Sponsor *

$ 2,000
  • Name highlighted in the program book
  • Sign with name placed on table
  • Four Guest Tickets To The Event

Bronze Sponsor *

$ 1,000
  • Name highlighted in the program book
  • Sign with name placed on table
  • Two Guest Tickets To The Event

*On the night of the event, a large-screen presentation will display the names of all sponsors on a continuous basis. All sponsors will have their logo displayed in the Community Conscience newsletter and on the website for a year.