We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 6-11 PM at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland. 

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Do you have an item to donate for our Gala’s auction? We seek items such as experiences, getaways, unique items, and more for inclusion in our live and silent auctions. It is a great opportunity to support Comfort Cases’s mission. For businesses, it is an opportunity to gain exposure while supporting a good cause. All donors will be acknowledged in the Gala Program.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Comfort Cases' mission to inspire communities to bring dignity and hope to youth in foster care.

Comfort Cases 4th Annual Gala

One story at a time...

From his own personal experiences as a child who entered foster care at the age of 12, Comfort Cases’ Founder, Rob Scheer, was blown away to learn that little had changed decades after he left the foster care system. Upon welcoming 4 children from foster care into his own home over 8 years ago, Rob witnessed each child arrive on his doorstep clutching a trash bag as a ‘suitcase’ just as Rob had done as a youth. After learning that children and youth entering foster care are still asked to carry what few belongings they have to call their own in a trash bag, Rob and his family took action. As a result, the story of Comfort Cases began in October 2013 with the mission to provide comfort and dignity to those entering the foster care system.

With the initial hope of helping hundreds of children and youth in MD/VA/DC, in four years Comfort Cases has now exceeded expectations by delivering over 30,000 Cases to children ranging in age from newborn up to 21 years old in thirty-one (31) states plus Washington, D.C. Each Comfort Case is a new backpack or small duffel bag packed with items of importance to Rob Scheer and his now adopted daughter and 3 sons.

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The YUEn Foundation




It's a 10 haircare


Total Wine & More


Lose + Together

NOVA Society for Human Resource Management


Long & Foster


National Cooperative Bank


Berkshire Bank

Living Realty LLC

Capitol Chimney Service LLC

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The Talent Bank, Inc. 


Seneca Academy

Katie Main Photography

Dovel Technologies

Giant Food

The Bargain Box



Como Brothers Alec Mapa


Alec Mapa

An inimitable comedian (and comedic actor) who billed himself as "America's favorite gaysian sweetheart," Alec Mapa (pronounced moppa) indeed played off of his Asian American identity and open homosexuality, to such a degree that they became veritable cornerstones of his shtick, as well as his spate of role choices. Mapa grew up in San Francisco during the 1970s, raised in a conservative, Catholic Filipino family but surrounded by bohemian lifestyles and multiculturalism that influenced and shaped him. He formally broke into show business with a role in an ABC After School Special and small turns in Alan Alda's seriocomedy A New Life (1988) and James Bridges' urban addiction drama Bright Lights, Big City (1988). The actor scored his broadest acclaim, however, in 1991, with a lead role as the transvestite opera star Song Liling, in the Broadway production of David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly. In the years that followed, Mapa moved into television and enjoyed guest bits on series including NYPD Blue, Friends, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. With many subsequent roles (including assignments as series regulars), Mapa aggressively strove to break new ground and open new doors in small-screen depictions of gay culture and lifestyles, and won broad acclaim and support in the LGBT community for doing so. 

Como Brothers

Brothers Andrew and Matt Como are singer/songwriters from Long Island who are passionate about music and have gained notoriety for their heartfelt lyrics, energetic performances, and fun personalities. Combining an urban-pop and rock sound with a blues vibe, they have written and recorded multiple albums and EP’s of original songs. Their latest songs have been recorded with Grammy Nominated engineer Kenta Yonesaka at Germano Studios in New York City.  Matt and Andrew have toured the East Coast performing at notable venues such as the Hard Rock Café and The Cutting Room in New York City along with sold out performances in Hollywood California and at Texas’ South by Southwest in recent years.

Matt and Andrew also gained immense popularity from their songs being featured in TV shows such as E! Networks Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV's The Real World, and The Oxygen Channel's Best Ink among many others. The Como Brothers have established themselves as premier singer-songwriters working with industry legends such as drummer Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Saturday Night Live band, Late Night with David Letterman), keyboardist Andy Burton (Little Stephen & the Disciples of Soul), Aaron Sterling (Taylor Swift), and many more.


Important Information

Event Details Hotel & Parking


Event Details

Awards ceremony | Silent & Live Auction | Dinner | Entertainment

Black Tie Optional*

Location: Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Address: 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20001 USA


Hotel & Parking


To receive a special room rate at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. the night of the Gala (Saturday, May 12th), please visit HERE before April 21 to reserve a room at $229 (regularly $365) on a first come-first served basis.

Parking for the Gala

Should you opt to park your car at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. during the gala, valet parking will be available at a special rate of $35 per car.

Additional Questions

Need to know more about the 4th Annual Comfort Cases’ Gala? Reach us at 2018Gala@comfortcases.org