C.A.S.A. Hearts of Gold Gala aims to help end child abuse in the San Jacinto Valley


HEMET – C.A.S.A. of Southwest Riverside County celebrated love and supported its mission to end child abuse in the San Jacinto Valley at their Hearts of Love Gala, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the newly renovated Soboba Springs Country Club.

In addition to top-tier food and dancing, the highlight of the evening was a piano performance by Matt Fetbrandt, a graduate of Hemet High School who is now international piano entertainer based out of Los Angeles.

The evening began with a cocktail hour and bidding for silent auction items and opportunity drawings. A brief program about C.A.S.A.’s mission and services to help end child abuse followed before dinner.

After dinner, Fetbrandt took to the piano. Guests were encouraged to request their favorite love songs for $10 per song and danced the night away. The celebration of love was a combination of a formal night on the town and a chance to contribute to building community.

C.A.S.A. of Southwest Riverside County is a nonprofit organization serving survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and other trauma. C.A.S.A. assists survivors and their families with crisis counseling, advocacy and support groups, educates the community on these issues, including prevention techniques and referral resources, and partners with law enforcement, schools and other community agencies to assure that survivors receive the most effective help available.

Matt Fetbrandt graduated from Hemet High School in 2003 and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a regular entertainer at Hollywood’s premier piano bar, Tramp Stamp Granny’s, which opened in 2018. For more information, visit www.mattplayspiano.com.

Submitted by Center Against Sexual Assault of Riverside County.