30th Annual

Mardi Gras Ball

Coming this SPRING! MARCH 4, 2023

Hyatt Regency Westlake
Westlake Village, CA

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Major Sponsor, Table Sponsor or Individual Tickets?  

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2022 Major Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Barbara Ashcraft
In Loving Memory of Mel Ashcraft
Cecilia & Frank Bellinghiere
Fran Brough & Chuck Cunningham
CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER
George & Jeannette Hutchison
MANCHESTER FINANCIAL
VENTURA COUNTY CREDIT UNION

Silver Sponsors

Barbaras Development, Inc. 
Marta & Bruce Rothwell

Larry Marquart
Pat & Ron Grant

Bronze Sponsors

Margaret Fieweger McEnery
David & Carol Freeman
Sherrill Hyink
June Glasmeier
Maria & John Prescott

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2022 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 Tony Kourounis

King Tony Kourounis has a long history of volunteerism in our community.  He is known to many for his heartfelt service and has given generously of his time and talents – he’s quite a musician with a great sense of humor.  The list of organizations that have benefited from Tony’s service spans the full range of local non-profits.  Each have appreciated Tony’s contributions which have enhanced their ability to serve their clientele.

Tony has been a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club since 1986 and served as its President in 1995-96. He has also participated in many of the Club’s service projects and fund-raisers that directly benefit our local community as well as the global good works of Rotary International.

Organizations in which Tony has been a contributing member and include Many Mansions, Conejo Future Foundation, YMCA, Conejo Valley Days, Simi Valley Samaritan Center, Simi Valley Education Foundation, American Heart Association, Mary Health of the Sick, Conejo Valley Senior Concerns Meals on Wheels program, Harbor House, and CLU Community Leaders Club.

Tony is retired from a long career in the banking industry.  After working for many years with large banks, Tony was selected to manage the headquarters office of the new local Bank of the Oaks and, when that Bank was sold, Tony became the driving force behind formation of another local bank, California Oaks State Bank

Queen Mary Sepe

Queen Mary Sepe is the President-Elect of the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club, of which she has been a member since 2015.  She has already served the Club in many roles, including Vice President and Program Chair, Community Service Committee Chair, and Assistant Secretary.  She is renowned within the Club for identifying community needs, developing a plan of action to address those needs, and recruiting members and others to help.

One recent example illustrating Mary’s “can-do-it” spirit, and desire to serve others is the Club’s signature “Bikes for Youth” project.  After hearing a presentation at a Club meeting regarding the need for basic transportation that many disadvantaged young people face, Mary devised a Club project to purchase bikes (along with helmets and locks) and accept donations of used bikes to be given to underprivileged youth as a means of transportation to school and work.  Mary worked with Safe Passage Youth Foundation, Westminster Free Clinic, and Adelante Comunidad to identify deserving youth. Since its inception in April 2021, the program has provided nearly 150 bicycles and is still going strong.

Mary volunteers twice a week at the Senior Nutrition Lunch Program at the Goebel Center, which provides nutritious meals for seniors and a safe place to socialize.  She’s known as a reliable, friendly person who enjoys working with and helping the seniors.

Mary’s long service to the community includes working on Conejo Valley Days Grand Marshal campaigns benefiting Hospice of the Conejo, Soroptimist International, and most notably when she managed the “Animal Crackers” campaign for her daughter and friends to raise funds for the local Animal Shelter.

Mary is retired from the City of Thousand Oaks, where she served as Office Manager in the Community Development Department.

Become a Major Sponsor

As planning for the 30th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 35 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 2023 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

A Message From Robin Britt...

Dear Community Leader,

As planning for the 30th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 35 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 79,000 people such as: food security; financial assistance; mental health; parenting education; medical, dental, and legal services.

The 2023 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

2020 Live Auction Highlights

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.

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.

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.

2020 Mardi Gras Ball - Major Sponsors

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

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 29th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 34 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 2022 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 29th annual Mardi Gras Ball takes place, we realize our mission is as important today as it was 34 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 79,000 people such as: food security; financial assistance; mental health; parenting education; medical, dental, and legal services.

The 2022 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

Larry Marquart
Richard & Joan Young

Gold Sponsors