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Charity Register: September 2013

Four opportunities to give this fall.

August 19, 2013

Nautica malibu triathlon
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon. 

NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHALON
Who: The Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, which takes place September 7-8, supports The Basic and Translational Cancer Research Program of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The research program provides groundbreaking therapies and treatments for children with life-threatening forms of cancer.
What: The race course features a half-mile ocean swim, an 18-mile bike ride, and a four-mile run through Zuma Beach.
Where: Zuma Beach, Malibu

MACY’S PASSPORT PRESENTS GLAMORAMA
Who: For 31 years, Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama has raised more than $31 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
What: On September 12, Macy’s will host Macy’s Glamorama, a night of high fashion and entertainment. Guests will see the latest collections from Calvin Klein, Diesel, and Tommy Hilfiger, along with performances from the Backstreet Boys, Cirque du Soleil, and others. This event supports AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, LA

NORDSTROM AT THE AMERICANA AT BRAND OPENING GALA
Who: After 30 years, Nordstrom is relocating its Glendale store to new 135,000-square-foot digs at The Americana at Brand.
What: The Nordstrom at The Americana at Brand Opening Gala invites guests to preview the new store while enjoying cocktails, dinner and dessert, live entertainment, a fashion presentation, and, of course, shopping. All proceeds will benefit Hillsides, a Pasadena-based group dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of at-risk children and families, and Ascencia, whose mission is to end homelessness in the greater Glendale area. Nicole Richie is the Gala’s honorary chair.
When: Tuesday, September 17 from 7–10 pm
Where: Nordstrom at The Americana at Brand

Lupus LA
Who: Established in 2000 by UCLA and Cedars-Sinai physician Dr. Daniel Wallace. Lupus LA raises funds for its local patient programs and for the Lupus Research Institute.
What: On September 12, Lupus LA will host its annual Get Lucky for Lupus LA silent auction and celebrity poker tournament.
Where: Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., LA


 

Charity Register: July/August 2013

Three opportunities to give.

July 01, 2013

Shot of six people at Fulfillment Fund's Annual Taste of Summer
The Taste of Summer Event. 

2ND ANNUAL TASTE OF SUMMER
Who: Fulfillment Fund is an organization dedicated to making college dreams a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.
What: This year Taste of Summer invites guests to sample food from some of LA ’s best chefs and restaurants (Wolfgang Puck is the signature chef for the evening) and enjoy beer and wine tastings from some of the state’s most notable wineries. Expect music by two DJs and ocean views along with a raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit Fulfillment Fund.
When: Saturday, July 13, 7–11 pm
Where: Marion Davies Guest House at the Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica

39TH ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY FUNDRAISER
Who: Concern Foundation is a nonprofit organization run primarily by volunteers to fund cancer research projects both in the United States and abroad. To date the foundation has raised more than $46 million for cancer research.
What: This year’s 39th Annual Block Party Fundraiser is themed “A Salute To Television” and will feature four stages of live music, casino-style gaming, food from more than 50 restaurants and caterers, and a live auction. Approximately 3,500 guests are expected to attend.
When: Saturday, July 13, 6 pm
Where: Paramount Pictures’ New York Backlot

TASTE MUSIC BENEFIT DINNER
Who: Officially organized in 1996, the West Hollywood Design District has been a cultural mecca for high-caliber design, art, fashion, dining, and beauty leaders. Since the 1950s, the Design District has been a premier shopping destination for creative visionaries.
What: The Taste Music Benefit Dinner, presented by the West Hollywood Design District, will pair food, wine, and music to support Inner-City Arts, whose mission is to provide visual art, music, dance, and drama education, and more, for the city’s at-risk youth.
When: Wednesday, July 31, 7–10 pm
Where: Sunset Marquis, 1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood

photography by matt sayles

 

Celebrating Learjet's 50th Anniversary

Flexjet and Bombardier honored Learjet's milestone by parking a jet on Rodeo Drive.

June 20, 2013

If you wandered down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills this past Sunday, chances are you saw something out of the ordinary adorning the street—a full-sized jet. To celebrate Learjet’s 50th anniversary, Bombardier (the world’s largest manufacturer of business aviation) and Flexjet parked the Learjet 85 aircraft in the middle of Rodeo Drive during the famous street’s annual Concours d’Elegance Father’s Day celebration. The full-scale mockup of the Learjet 85 provided guests with a close-up look at one of the most luxurious forms of transportation in the world.

Designed from a clean sheet by Bombardier Aerospace, the Learjet 85 is the first business jet built primarily from carbon composites in both the wings and fuselage and features the latest advances in aerodynamics, structures, and efficiency. The aircraft features a spacious stand-up cabin, transcontinental range, and powerful low-emission engines for a convenient and lavish experience.

While it's not an everyday purchase, the jet is available for fractional jet ownership exclusively through Flexjet, one of the world’s most exclusive private jet companies.

By Paige Lawler

 

Les Voiles de St. Barth

Sailors at the French West Indies race compete to win a Richard Mille watch.

May 15, 2013

Contestants set sail in the fourth edition of Caribbean yacht racing competition Les Voiles de St. Barth from April 8-13, 2013 in Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies. But in lieu of a medal, some 800 sailors from around the world braved a challenging sailing course in windy weather in hopes of taking home a bright yellow, water-resilient Richard Mille RM 028 Automatic Dive Watch "Les Voiles de St. Barth" ($93,000).

Sailors and their over 60 vessels were divided into various classes, which navigated through difficult racecourses around the area. Wendy Schmidt of the Maxi Yachts class anchored a victory in her Swan 80 Selene and was awarded the diver’s watch at the prize-giving ceremony.

The limited-edition timepiece’s bright yellow color is characteristic of traditional sailing and diving pursuits, while its three-part case construction and 22 torque screws render it water resistant up to 300 meters. An automatic winding rotor, which includes a weight that swings inside as a person wears it to generate the watch’s power, makes it the ideal accessory for an active person. Available at Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898

—Kelsey Kloss
Photography by Christophe Jouany; Tim Wright

 

Charity Register: May/June 2013

Three opportunities to give this spring.

April 30, 2013

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Betty White at Beastly Ball.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Betty White at last year's Beastly Ball.

20TH ANNIVERSARY EIF REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN
Who: EIF supports cancer research, delivers diagnostic services, and provides psycho-social and financial support for medically underserved women.
What: The Revlon Run/Walk for Women is geared toward uniting people of all races and ages in the fight against women’s cancers.
When: May 11
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Website: eifoundation.org

TASTE OF THE NATION LOS ANGELES
Who: Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to eliminate childhood hunger by connecting children to effective nutrition programs at school and during the summer, and teaches low-income families how to make healthy meals at home.
What: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles will showcase the cuisine of more than 50 local chefs. Proceeds support the LA Regional Food Bank and St. Joseph Center.
When: 1–4 pm, Sunday, June 9
Where: Media Park in Culver City
Website: ce.strength.org

43RD ANNUAL BEASTLY BALL
Who: The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) funds exhibits, capital projects, plant and animal species conservation, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo.
What: During GLAZA’s annual Beastly Ball (Betty White cochaired last year’s event), guests are able to spend time in the zoo after hours, where they can experience animal feedings, close-up viewings of small animals, chats with keepers, and auctions.
When: 6 pm, June 15
Where: Los Angeles Zoo
Website: lazoo.org

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ/GETTY IMAGES

 

Fifth Annual Makeup Show LA

Beauty professionals, retailers, buyers, and editors gathered for the makeup-centric event.

March 11, 2013

More than 4,500 attendees and 75 makeup brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, Stila, and Smashbox gathered for the fifth annual Makeup Show LA at the California Market Center in the fashion district of Downtown Los Angeles. Beauty professionals, retailers, buyers, and editors experienced the newest products and brands on the market, and enjoyed speeches from keynote speakers and seminars throughout the beauty-packed weekend.


 

Charity Register - March/April

Four ways to give this spring.

March 04, 2013

A Night At Sardi’s Annual Celebrity Musical Show.
A Night at Sardi's

Giving New Hope 2013 Benefit
Who: The mission of the nonprofit Children’s Burn Foundation is to provide support for childhood burn survivors and their families.
What: The Giving New Hope Benefit, this year honoring Susan H. Mallory, raises money for the CBF.
When: March 12, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Website: childburn.org

A Night at Sardi’s
Who: A Night at Sardi’s is an annual celebrity musical show and awards dinner that supports the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
What: Producer and Imagine Entertainment cofounder Brian Grazer will be honored this year.
When: March 20, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Website: alz.org/sardis

Genesis Awards Benefit Gala
Who: The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.
What: The annual star-studded Genesis Awards Benefit Gala honors and celebrates those in the media and beyond whose efforts are building a more humane world for animals. Past participants include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
When: March 23, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Website: humanesociety.org/genesisawards

2013 Silver Rose Weekend
Who: Jenesse Center is a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help victims of domestic violence.
What: The fifth annual Silver Rose Weekend, chaired by actress Halle Berry, includes a gala, auction, and golf at the Wilshire Country Club.
When: Awards Gala & Auction: April 6, 2013; Fifth Annual Halle Berry Celebrity Golf Classic, Auction & Awards Dinner: April 8, 2013
Where: Gala & Auction: Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., LA; Golf classic: Wilshire Country Club, 301 N. Rossmore Ave., LA
Website: jenesse.org/silverroseweekend


 

LAC Grammys Party

Los Angeles Confidential honored the Grammys this year with an electrified afterparty.

February 25, 2013

Los Angeles Confidential partnered with Harmony Project and Mary J. Blige, who hosted the magazine’s annual Grammys party at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles, to celebrate the Winter issue launch. Guests took in the stunning 360-degree views of the city from Elevate’s modern, spacious patio and nibbled gourmet dipped pretzels and macarons from Macaron Magnifique.

As the fashionable guests sipped specialty cocktails crafted with various flavors of Cîroc Ultra Premium vodka (like the Coco Loso with Cîroc coconut, pineapple juice, and a lime wedge), LA’s newest musical prodigy DJ Politik spun tunes, prompting guests to hit the dance floor.

To keep the night of entertainment going, Flash Mob America gave a surprise performance to Psy’s 2012 hit “Gangnam Style,” exciting the crowd with their high-energy choreography. Harmony Project is a non-profit assisting at-risk youth in underserved communities though an innovative program of music-based mentoring.


 

Gucci Grammys Event with John Legend

John Legend headlined an event that celebrated a Gucci/Recording Academy partnership.

February 14, 2013

In the spirit of the Grammys, Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli and Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry CEO Michele Sofisti presented an exclusive pre-Grammys musical event at the Grammy Museum on February 9, 2013. Grammy award-winner John Legend participated in a short Q&A before serenading the intimate crowd with a small original set, including his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”

The jewelry and watch division of Gucci currently maintains a partnership with the Recording Academy, and recently launched a GRAMMY Interlocking watch. To celebrate the collaboration and the event, Legend was given an I-Gucci GRAMMY timepiece set with over 200 diamonds.

—Paige Lawler

 

Charity Register - Winter 2013.

Opportunities to give this winter.

January 14, 2013

Cupid’s Undie Run

40th Annual Annie Awards Benefit
Who: The purpose of ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the International Animated Film Society, is to promote the art and people of film animation in a variety of ways, including through its own archive, film preservation and screenings, and special events.
What: The 40th annual awards will be presented in 30 categories, including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subjects, video game, and student film. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ASIF A-Hollywood Animation Archives, Library and Museum.
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Where: Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Dr., LA
Website: annieawards.org

2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Benefit Gala
Who: Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year for his extraordinary creative accomplishments and charitable work with a range of philanthropic activities over the years.
What: The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by dinner, the award presentation, and a star-studded tribute concert.
When: Friday, February 8, 2013
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., LA
Website: grammy.org/musicares

Cupid’s Undie Run
Who: The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest nongovernment organization whose mission is to end neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. NF is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, resulting in blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and severe chronic pain.
What: Cupid’s Undie Run is an approximately one-mile run in Valentine-themed underclothes on Valentine’s Day weekend, followed by post-race festivities and awards. You can fundraise as an individual or join a team. Top fundraisers can win custom undies, VIP open bar status, embroidered bathrobes, and engraved iPod Nanos. All funds raised through Cupid’s Undie Run go directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
When: 12 pm for pre-event; run starts at 2:30 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Where: Around West Hollywood Park
Website: cupidsundierun.com


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