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Charity Register: November 2012

Opportunities To Give.

November 01, 2012

Make-A-Wish Foundation Of Greater Los Angeles

Who: Established in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association funds research for new treatments to reduce the risk of dementia as well as raises awareness and support for the disease.
What: The 20th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a 5K complete with live entertainment, prizes, and a family festival teaching participants about available community resources.
When: Sunday, November 4
Where: Century Park, 2000 Ave. of the Stars, LA

Who: For more than 40 years, JDRF has worked to fund research, as well as advocate for both children and adults living with Type 1 diabetes.
What: JDRF ’s annual Walk to Cure Diabetes on November 11 counts pop musician Nick Jonas as a past participant. KTLA Morning News anchor Frank Buckley will serve as grand marshal and emcee the walk. The event includes food trucks, live music, and games and activities for kids.
Where: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., LA

Who: Kelli Sargent founded Run For Her in commemoration of her mother’s 10-year battle with ovarian cancer.
What: Run For Her is a 5K walk/run that raises awareness for ovarian cancer and is one of the largest cancer run/walks in the US. The walk also generates support for the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, having raised more than $4 million for the program since Run For Her began in 2005. The eighth annual run will take place on November 11, and the finish line features music, prizes, T-shirts, goodie bags, and other giveaways.
Where: Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., LA. The run ends at the starting location.

Who: When aspiring police officer Chris Greicius was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 7, the local law enforcement community swore him in as an honorary state patrolman and the Make-A-Wish Foundation was born. The local chapter of the organization, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has granted nearly 8,000 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses since 1983.
What: Each year the foundation organizes the Season of Wishes, a five-week celebration of star-studded events and family activities. Wishes are granted every Tuesday (and some Thursdays) at The Grove and The Americana at Brand from November 13–December 18. To kick off the celebration, the first wish will be granted at The Grove on Tuesday, November 13, at 6 PM.
Where: The Grove


Charity Register: October 2012

Opportunities to give.

October 05, 2012

The 29th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Who: The Hammer Museum, in partnership with UCLA, is committed to cultural understanding, documenting political and social issues, and giving a voice to underrepresented artists.
What: The annual Gala in the Garden on October 6, which fundraises for the museum’s exhibitions and public programs, includes cocktails and a showcase of current exhibitions followed by dinner in the outdoor courtyard. Past years have featured performances by Bruno Mars, as well as celebrity guests and cochairs Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Ben Stiller, and Tobey Maguire.
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000

Who: Founded in 1901, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit children’s hospital specializing in teaching and research.
What: The biennial gala Noche de Niños celebrates the heroes of the Children’s Hospital on October 20 and will feature cuisine by Wolfgang Puck. Noche de Niños was inspired by a former patient, 11-year-old Dustin Meraz, who suffered from terminal cancer.
Where: The Event Deck at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA

Who: LACMA celebrates its second annual Art + Film Gala, cochaired by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio on October 27. This year’s gala, sponsored by Gucci, will honor artist Ed Ruscha and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
What: Raising $3 million last year, the fundraiser supports the museum’s growing film programming.
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA

Who: Children Mending Hearts is an organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged groups through programs in education, the arts, and global citizenry. It was founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov.
What: The 29th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 2–3 is the event for thoroughbred horse racing and aims to raise $75,000 this year. Past attendees of the Breeder’s Cup include Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Chelsea Handler, and Elizabeth Banks.
Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia


Karen Hatfield, Mary Sue Milliken, and Sherry Yard, among other acclaimed female chefs in LA, will prepare a special five-course meal on October 8, paired with wines made by female winemakers, in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Author and journalist Charlotte Druckman will also debut her book, Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen. All profits will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hatfield’s, 6703 Melrose Ave., LA, 323-935-2977

On October 27 boutique owner and stylist Elyse Walker will throw her 8th annual Pink Party, a fundraising event for the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, with pink carpet, pink cocktails, and a fashion show featuring designers such as Valentino, Stella McCartney, and Chloé. Michelle Pfeiffer hosts. Santa Monica Airport, Hangar 8, 3100 Donald Douglas Loop North, Santa Monica

This year’s Designs for the Cure gala on October 13 is fashion-themed, and will include live entertainment, dinner, and a silent auction along with a fashion display focused on survivors. Money raised from this Susan G. Komen for the Cure event will go to LA County women suffering from breast cancer, as well as fund research, mammograms, and treatment services. Past Susan G. Komen events have attracted such celebrities as Christina Applegate, Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez, and Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui. Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., LA, 310-575-3011


Charity Register: Fall 2012

Opportunities to give.

August 27, 2012

Neil Patrick Harris (LEFT) suppots L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade.

AIDS Project Los Angeles partners with Project Angel Food
Who: AIDS Project Los Angeles provides education, services, programs, research, and activism to support the prevention of and fight against HIV/AIDS and the individuals living with it, while Project Angel Food works to bring nourishment and kindness to individuals suffering from HIV /AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
What: The annual Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2012 on September 7 begins with a fashion show unveiling Macy’s fall collections, while performances by singer-songwriter Robin Thicke and YouTube-sensation duo Karmin round out the evening.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, LA. An after-party will be held at California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., LA

Lupus LA
Who: Established in 2000 by UCLA and Cedars-Sinai physician Daniel Wallace, Lupus LA works alongside the Lupus Research Institute to raise awareness and funds for the disease.
What: The annual Get Lucky for Lupus LA celebrity poker tournament and live auction on September 13 has hosted such names as Jason Alexander, Jesse Spencer, and Guns N’ Roses’s Slash.
Where: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., LA

Nautica Malibu Triathlon
Who: The triathlon on September 15–16 supports The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which provides groundbreaking treatments and therapies for children with serious, life-threatening forms of cancers.
What: The race course consists of a half-mile swim in the Pacific, an 18-mile bike ride, and a four-mile run through Zuma Beach in Malibu.
Where: Zuma Beach, Malibu

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade
Who: Cancer patient Alex Scott set up a lemonade stand in 2000 to help raise money to cure cancer. The child’s determination inspired the start of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, focused on making a difference for children with cancer.
What: The third annual L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade culinary event will raise funds for childhood cancer research. On September 29 hosts chef Suzanne Goin, Caroline Styne, and chef David Lentz accompany honorary cohosts, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, for a decadent chef’s cookout, emceed by Jimmy Kimmel.
Where: The Culver Studios mansion, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City


Charity Register: Summer

Opportunities to give this summer.

June 11, 2012

AIDS Project Los Angeles

Who: Founded in the 1980s, when AIDS was a major concern in the gay community, AIDS Project Los Angeles began with the goal of educating people about the disease. The organization currently provides life-improving services for clients with HIV/AIDS and advocates for fair public policy concerning the disease.
What: The third annual Art Project Los Angeles—organized in part by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Joan Collins—kicks off June 29 with live and silent auctions of artwork and a VIP reception and cocktail party.
Where: Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 W. Sunset Blvd., LA

The Saban Free Clinic

Who: The Saban Free Clinic opened under a different name in 1967, but now the LA clinic’s dedicated staff provides nearly 90,000 visits annually to underserved and vulnerable patients who need affordable healthcare.
What: The 15th annual Extravaganza for the Senses brings together restaurants and wineries for an evening of tastings on July 21. The organization’s supporters include Lea Michele and Julie Bowen.
Where: Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 N. Gower St., LA

American Cancer Society

Who: The American Cancer Society provides care, comfort, and educational programs to cancer patients and their families, and conducts research in an effort to eliminate cancer entirely.
What: On July 29, renowned LA chefs will create culinary masterpieces for California Spirit XXVIII, an evening event—founded by Wolfgang Puck— that benefits the nonprofit and pairs great food and wine with live entertainment and a live auction.
Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood

Best Buddies

Who: Since 1989, this international nonprofit—with almost 1,500 school-based chapters worldwide—has strived to create integrated employment for and leadership training to intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals with the assistance of young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
What: This annual, all-day event begins on September 8 with bike, run, or walk challenges of varying distances along Pacific Coast Highway. Afterward, a Blues Traveler concert and barbecue allows participants, volunteers, and supporters to celebrate the organization together.
Where: Hearst Castle, San Simeon



Charity Register: April/May

Opportunities to Give.

April 09, 2012


Who: Cofounded by comedian and kidney-transplant-recipient George Lopez, the Lopez Foundation raises awareness about kidney disease and organ donation, and helps underprivileged children, adults, and military families in areas of education and health.
What: May 7 marks The Fifth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic, giving supporters the opportunity to tee off with Lopez and his celebrity friends.
Where: Lakeside Golf Club, 4500 Lakeside Dr., Burbank


Who: Established in 1994, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has become one of the largest 5K fundraisers for women's cancer research in the nation.
What: The annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women on May 12 includes a health expo and raises awareness and funds for the cause. Supporters—who last year included Halle Berry and Alyson Hannigan—can register up until the morning of the event.
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3933 S. Figueroa St., LA

Who: For more than a century, the YWCA (the LA chapter was founded in 1984) has worked to eliminate racism and empower women by providing sustainable resources for some 100,000 women and their families.
What: The 10th Annual YWCA Phenomenal Woman Awards Luncheon takes place May 16 and recognizes impactful female employees in the LA business community.
Where: Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive St., LA


Who: After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993, Nancy Davis founded this LA nonprofit focused on treating and finding a cure for MS.
What: The celeb-favorite 19th Annual Race to Erase MS gala May 18—which last year drew Cindy Crawford and Paris Hilton—includes a silent auction, dinner, and live entertainment.
Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Ave. of the Stars, LA



Charity Register: March

Opportunities to give.

March 05, 2012



Who: Breathe LA works to improve Angelenos’ lung health and our city’s air quality. Known originally as the Los Angeles Society for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the organization promotes research, education, and technology to create cleaner air in LA.
What: On March 8, the second annual fashion show, Attire to Inspire, showcases the designs of Yotam Solomon and the label Moods of Norway and boasts a pre-show cocktail party, VIP lounge, and post-show dance party.
Where: The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., LA

Who: This nonprofit raises funds and support for children’s cancer research conducted at more than 175 hospitals across the country in an effort to reach a 100 percent survival rate. CureSearch also acts as manager of the operational center of the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest cooperative research center.
What: Support the organization’s efforts March 11 at the family-friendly CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer, which honors children affected by cancer and raises funds for cancer research with activities, music, prizes, and food.
Where: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Dr., LA

Who: Founded in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is an organization started by Komen’s sister, who was moved to action by Susan’s brave battle with breast cancer, during which she worked to improve the lives of other women suffering from the disease. The LA County affiliate has raised $8.9 million for the cause over its 16 years.
What: On March 24, meet fellow runners at Dodger Stadium to run or walk the annual 5k Race for the Cure, which raises funds for breast-cancer research. Celebs including Vanessa Williams and Sara Ramirez participated in last year’s event.
Where: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., LA


Who: The Humane Society has worked in support of animal rights 
for more than half a century. 
Backed by some 11 million 
American members, it promotes education and programs that
address animal cruelty.
What: Celebrate with The 
Humane Society at The 26th Genesis Awards March 24. Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba hosts the event, which pays tribute to
major players in news and entertainment media who have generated awareness of animal-protection issues. The evening includes dinner and an awards presentation.
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 
9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills


Charity Register: November

Three opportunities to give this month.

October 31, 2011

  The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction honors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Lupus L.A.
What: More than 600 women are expected at the ninth annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon for a fashion show and silent auction of designer handbags to support those suffering from lupus.
Where: Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
When: Friday, November 4

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation 
What: SoHo Project hosts Masquerade: Unmasking the Face of Lung Cancer, a Parisianthemed evening raising money for the fight against lung cancer, with entertainment by Jared Lee and food by Gordon Ramsay.
Where: The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
When: Saturday, November 12

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center 
What: The 40th Anniversary Gala & Auction honors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka with a silent auction, dinner, and live entertainment.
Where: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., LA
When: Saturday, November 12


The Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards

Award-winning actors and actresses honor their behind the scenes compatriots at the annual awards ceremony.

October 13, 2011

Hamilton watches president Matthias Breschan, director Eli Roth, editor Sally Menke and actor Christoph Walz backstage at the 2009 Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards

The swagger in Jon Hamm's portrayal of the dashing, and sometimes devastating, ad man Don Draper would not be the same without the wardrobe stylings of Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant. On November 6, at L.A.'s Conga Room, the 5th Annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards will honor Bryant and nine of her behind the camera colleagues from the worlds of film and television. Old Spice frontman and viral sensation Isaiah Mustafa will emcee the awards (which will be cohosted by Los Angeles Confidential), during which actors and industry titans, including Jon Hamm, Harrison Ford, Michael Bay, Antonio Banderas, Jon Favreau and JJ Abrams, will present awards to this year's honorees. 

2011 Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards Honorees

Director: Chris Weitz, A Better Life

Producer: Agustin Almodovar, The Skin I Live In

Screenwriter: Yasmina Reza, Carnage

Production Designer: Mark Ricker, The Help

Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Film Editors: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, Super 8

Costume Designer: Janie Bryant, Mad Men

Property Master: Russell Bobbitt, Cowboys & Aliens

Visual Effects Supervisor: Scott Farrar, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Stunt Choreographer: Vic Armstrong, Lifetime Achievement Award


Charity Register: Oct. 14 - 29

Dine with champions, don an imaginative Halloween costume and summon your inner oenophile for these October causes.

September 30, 2011

Jamie Lee Curtis at Dream Halloween

LA’s BEST after-school enrichment program hosts UnWINEd, an annual wine tasting and silent auction.
Where: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
When: Friday, October 14

The organization that gives free lessons in arts and athletics to children and adolescents with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings hosts its 7th Annual Champion Ball Awards Dinner.
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
When: Thursday, October 20

Susan G. Komen for The Cure LA County
The first annual pink-tie Designs for the Cure gala, hosted by fashion designer David Meister, benefits the breast cancer charity and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and silent and live auctions.
Where: Bel-Air Bay Club, 16801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
When: Friday, October 28

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
The 18th Annual Dream Halloween carnival raises funds for CAAF’s educational, recreational and other programs for children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Where: Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
When: Saturday, October 29


A Night At the Drive-In

Watch classic films and remakes from the comfort of the Fiat 500 fleet.

August 16, 2011

The Fiat 500

Sit back, relax and catch a movie in the comfort of the new 2012 Fiat 500. The Italian automaker presents a fleet of the newly launched vehicles, along with a few classic films, to Santa Monica with its Simply More campaign. The weekend long Fiat fest begins in the afternoons (September 3–5; 2–8 PM) with local bands performing, bocce ball competitions and a Fiat food truck boasting Italian treats like espresso and gelato. Moviegoers can also feel the speed—and comfort—of the 2012 Fiat 500 with test drives offered throughout the day. As the sun goes down, move into any one of the fifty parked Fiat 500s (in all 14 colors) and catch a double feature of classic films and their remake (think Ocean’s Eleven, Romeo & Juliet and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Santa Monica Pier;

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