Tag Archives: Charity
Peter and I are so blessed. We work hard, play hard, eat very well and spoil our dogs just a bit too much. So throughout the year, we make an effort to give back by either donating our time, money or by using social media to spread the word of our favorite charities.
If you’re looking for a non-profit to support, check out some of the links below. Whether it’s a few dollars via text, a “like” on FaceBook, or a “retweet” on Twitter… it’s much easier to reach out and lend a hand these days.
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. They refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. (read more) FaceBook Twitter
L.A. Food Bank
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to fight hunger in our community.
Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;
Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;
Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger. (read more) Los Angeles Area Agencies Serving Daily Meals FaceBook Twitter
Share Our Strength (No Kid Hungry)
Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America gets the nutritious food he or she needs to learn, grow and thrive. They are doing this by improving the access that families all across the country have to healthy, affordable food and by working at the state and city level. This “No Kid Hungry” strategy has four key components that, together, provide children with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.
Easy Text Donation: Wireless phone users can donate $10 to Share Our Strength by simply texting the word “SHARE” to 20222 on their mobile device. Donations from the text program will help provide food for the nearly 17 million children at risk of hunger in America and will help address the recent increase in demand for food aid across the nation. (read more) FaceBook Twitter
Kiva is a a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
This past year, Peter and I helped give micro-loans to folks in Vietnam (for a food stall), Peru (catering business), Mongolia (small grocery store), Kenya (food market) and Lebanon (bakery). Note: Loans from last year were repaid in full, which allowed us to make loans to others in need.
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires—the primary means of cooking and heating for nearly three billion people in the developing world—causes 1.9 million premature deaths annually, with women and young children the most affected. Cookstove smoke contributes to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight. The World Health Organization estimates harmful cookstove smoke to be one of the top five threats to public health in poor, developing countries.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a new public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. (read more) FaceBook Twitter
Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a non-profit transitional residence and house of hospitality providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to permanent housing. Located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area, Alexandria House also serves its broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities for residents and neighbors alike. FaceBook
As the oldest and largest private humane organization in Southern California with its own shelter, Pet Orphans has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding homes for these rescued animals for almost forty years. Pet Orphans of Southern California is dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare. They are committed to decreasing the number of animals euthanized annually in city and county shelters by focusing our efforts on rescue, adoption, medical, education, and training.
School on Wheels is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities for homeless children k-12th grade.
Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from getting the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels’ programs is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal – to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life. Twitter FaceBook
ABC 7 (Spark of Love Toy Drive)
For 19 years, ABC7 and firefighters from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, along with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, have joined forces to run the Spark of Love Toy Drive. This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for the underserved children in our communities. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. Last year alone, Spark of Love collected over 500,000 toys within all five counties. “Like” ABC7 and $1 will go to the Spark-of-Love toy drive! FaceBook Twitter
I don’t remember who said it first, but I truly believe that charity is a selfish act. At least for me, there’s no better feeling then reaching out and lending a helping hand. It took me a long time to admit, that although giving through donations or volunteering does a lot of good for those in need, I mostly do it because it’s an absolutely fantastic high.
After the recent, horrific earthquake in Haiti, I’m guessing many folks around the world are feeling the post donation glow right now. Modern technology made it so easy to donate this time around. Just by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999, we could donate $10 to the Red Cross in just seconds. And the outcome has been amazing! According to CNN: “Donations via text message raised $7 million for the American Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts as of 11 p.m. Thursday.”
Last night I was in Echo Park attending a fundraiser for Haitian quake victims. I’d never been to (or even heard of) TiGeorges’ Chicken Restaurant before, but when I learned about the event via Twitter, I immediately cancelled dinner reservations elsewhere. After looking over the menu online, I was really looking forward to not just attending the fundraiser, but also eating one of the “Island Combos: The Haitian Experience.”
Since the TiGeorges event was to begin at 5pm, Peter left the office early and we drove together with our friend and neighbor, Nelson. Fellow foodies (and good friends) Charles & Robert planned to meet us at the restaurant. When we arrived onto Glendale Blvd, it was quite the local news event! News vans took up all the parking on the street (which was a good thing!), but it took us another 15 minutes to find a parking spot a few blocks away.
Making our way into the crowded restaurant, the first thing we saw were cameras and microphones everywhere. A few people were passing trays of brownies and other treats, thanking us for coming and supporting their efforts, while owner (and restaurant namesake) TiGeorges LaGuerre was busy juggling interviews.
Straight ahead was a long line to the counter where we could order food, but we soon realized that actually eating at TiGeorges right then wasn’t the best idea. Standing room only with back-to-back news crews was not the Haitian dining experience I was hoping for.
After a quick group chat, we decided to leave cash donations and come back another time for a full meal. But unlike Nelson, Robert and Charles… Peter and I forgot to bring cash (I figured we would add a donation onto our dinner tab). Thankfully, the nice folks behind the counter agreed to charge us for a small coffee, and my sweet husband left the largest tip I’ve ever seen for a cup of joe!
Walking out front, we all felt good, and there was such a moving electricity in the air. So many of the people in the restaurant were Haitians there to support each other, but many were like us… just regular folks stopping by to drop off a few extra bucks. We felt good and had that “do gooder” high I was writing about earlier.
Doing good to FEEL GOOD is nothing to be ashamed of at all. Because in the end, it’s the actual DOING SOMETHING that counts right?
Photos from last night (where over $14,000 was raised!):
Note: A second TiGeorges fundraiser is planned for TOMORROW, January 16th from 2-7pm
TiGeorges’ Chicken Website
309 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Red Cross: Text HAITI to 90999 ($10 donation)
Yéle Haiti: Text YELE to 501501 ($5 donation)
United Way: Text HAITI to 864833 ($5 donation)
Intl Medical Corps: Text HAITI to 85944 ($10 donation)
The U.S. State Department has set up a hotline for information on family members who may be in Haiti: (888) 407.4747. This number is for information on U.S. citizens in Haiti only.
Our good friends that joined us last night:
I am so honored to be participating in the first ever EAT MY BLOG charity bake sale on Saturday, December 5th from 10 AM to 4 PM at Zeke’s Smokehouse in West Hollywood. I’m not much of a dessert person (and rarely bake sweets) but wanted to help out, so I emailed the event’s co-founder Cathy Dahn and asked if I could offer my Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks for sale. They’re always the first to go when I serve them at patries, so for your savory bacon lovers… come EAT MY BLOG for a very good cause!!
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.
Last year, just a few days before the Great Chefs of L.A. event, I came down with a wretched stomach flu. By the morning of the actual event, I felt good enough to attend but my tummy wasn’t fully recovered yet.
Since my husband Peter was out of town on business, I planned on skipping the event altogether. Our $300 donation ($150 each) would still go to the Southern California National Kidney Cancer Foundation, and that was the most important part anyway.
But then I thought about the FOOD, the restaurants, and ALL the celebrity chefs I’d be missing. Could I really have fun at a food event, in the event that I couldn’t EAT the food?
The answer is yes. I made a quick call to my nephew Cody (who thankfully wasn’t working that morning), and an hour later we were strolling the backlot at CBS studio. I took lots of photos and tried a few bites, while Cody ate like only a fire-fighter-in-training could eat. He happily ate EVERYTHING, which of course made me happy too!
For this year’s Great Chefs of L.A., I was honored with a press pass and more importantly, a very hungry (and healthy) tummy! Peter bought a discounted ticket ($75 instead of $150) on GoldStar.com, and we both skipped breakfast to prepare for an afternoon feast.
Basically we tried to have a bite at each restaurant table (starting on the right side of the street) and slowly made our way around the event. We missed a few dishes, but also returned several times to have more of our favorites.
It was fun to run into my friends at the Bazaar. It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten there (since Michael Voltaggio left) but Peter and I will be heading back to the Rojo room this weekend, to try out all the new dishes on the menu.
Chef Marcel Vigneron was also at the event. If you’re not a Top Chef fan (like me), Marcel was runner-up on season two. When I first met him last year at the Bazaar, I told him how much he annoyed me, when I watched him on Top Chef. His confidence came off as arrogance, and he was the “character” that I (as well as most of America) loved to hate.
After I got to know Marcel, I realized that off camera he is NOTHING like how he is portrayed on TV. He’s an absolute sweetheart, and it bugs me that he gets a bad rap. We talked for a bit about current (super exciting but I can’t talk about it) projects he’s working on, and his upcoming guest-chef stint at BreadBar (which of course I can talk about and have linked below).
One of the main reasons I love going to food events (besides donating to charity) is to try out food from eateries I haven’t been to yet. Restaurants that are on my very lengthy “To Do” list, like Saddlepeak Lodge and EAST (which had my absolute favorite bite of the day). The Great Chefs of L.A. event brings together all these things, and it’s one I’ll return to year after year.
Thanks to Nancy Huang, Slife PR
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Details about Great Chefs of LA:
George Lopez Hosts The Great Chefs of Los Angeles
“Go Green, Go Organic” Food & Wine Benefit at CBS Studios
The 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles brings together L.A.’s top tastemakers for an afternoon of food, wine, music and auctions to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. GCLA draws more than 500 people each year, and has raised more than $4.5 million for the foundation since its inception in 1987. The recently introduced “Go Green, Go Organic” theme promotes eco-conscious living and sustainability, utilizing organic foodstuffs and eco-friendly products throughout the festivities.
WHO: George & Ann Lopez
National Kidney Foundation spokesman George Lopez, a kidney disease survivor, and his wife and kidney donor Ann Lopez, will host the afternoon’s festivities as Honorary Chairs. “Usually I don’t eat, but when I eat, I eat GREEN!” quips George Lopez. The actor/comedian will host Great Chefs just a day before the premiere of his late night show Lopez Tonight,” premiering on Nov. 9 at 11/10c on TBS.
Chefs of Honor Neal Fraser (Grace, BLD) and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill, Ciudad) lead a stellar lineup of top toques from Los Angeles. The Chefs of Honor will present awards to their fellow participating chefs to spotlight the use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Hostess Chef Candice Kumai, The Stiletto Chef of TLC’s “Cook Yourself Thin,” will serve as emcee for the event and auction.
Featured chefs include:
* Adam Horton, Saddlepeak Lodge
* Akasha Richmond, Akasha
* Andrea Cavaliere, Cecconi’s
* Benjamin Ford, Ford’s Filling Station
* Bob Lynn, La Grande Orange
* Brian Moyers, BLT Steak
* Calogero Drago, Celestino Ristorante & Panzanella
* Celestino Drago, Drago Restaurant, Enoteca Drago, Il Pastaio, Drago Centro
* Chris Moran, Events D’Elegance
* David Linville, Charlie’s Malibu
* Frank Leon, LaLoggia Ristorante & Bokado
* Keven Alan Lee, EAST Restaurant & Lounge
* Giacomino Drago, Il Pastaio
* Govind Armstrong, 8 oz.
* Jason Johnston, Dakota
* Jesse Perez, Fuego at Hotel Maya
* Jimmy Shaw, Loteria Grill
* Joachim Weritz, Moonshadows
* Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs
* Jorge Chicas, The Bazaar – SLS Hotel
* Josie Le Balch, Josie Restaurant
* Margarito Cid, Harry’s Oklahoma Style Smokehouse BBQ
* Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger, Border Grill & Ciudad Restaurants
* Michael Fiorelli, mar’sel
* Neal Fraser, Grace & BLD
* Paolo Sicuro, Via Alloro
* Roberto Maggioni, Lago
* Sam Marvin & Christopher Goossen, Bottega Louie Restaurant & Gourmet Market
* Simon Dolinky, BLVD 16 at Hotel Palomar
* Steven Fretz, XIV
* Tanino Drago, Tanino Ristorante & Panzanella Ristorante
* Yoji Tajima, SHU – Sushi House Unico
* Leyna’s Kitchen
Wines and beverages will be provided by:
* Barone Fine Winery
* Buttonwood Farm Winery
* Crossings, New Zealand
* Duckhorn Wine Company
* Frank Family Vineyards
* Golden State Wine Co.
* Grgich Hills Estate
* Jaffe Estate Wine
* Jack Wines
* Jocelyn Lonen Winery
* Kunde Estate Winery
* L’Aventure Winery
* Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
* Loring Wine Co.
* Quinta do Castro
* Regal Wine Co.
* Sterling Organics
* Trefethen Family Vineyards
* Vega Sicilia
* Villa Franttina
* Remy Cointreau USA
* Charles Heidsieck
* VeeV Açai Spirit
* Tequila Ocho
* RIGHT Gin
* Budweiser American Ale
* Bud Light Wheat
* Fireman’s Brew
* Leffe Blonde
* Michelob Ultra Light
* Michelob Amber Bock
* Shock Top Belgian White
* Stella Artois
* IZZE Beverage Company
* Lupicia Fresh Tea
* POM Wonderful
* Weaver’s Coffee & Tea
Get Hip Get Green, an eco-conscious leader in producing stylish reusable bags, totes and water bottles, sponsor the GCLA “944 Get Hip Get Green” Lounge, outfitted with environmentally friendly lounge furniture provided by Girari Sustainable Furnishing. VeeV Açai Spirit, a leading distiller in promoting social responsibility in the beverage industry, will pour cocktails at the “Go Green Go Organic” Spirits Bar. Guests will use biodegradable utensils by Sysco’s Eco Company line.
Guests will receive Get Hip Get Green’s reusable gift totes stuffed with $250 worth of goodies from leading green and eco-friendly companies, including LaRocca Skincare, Healing Skin, Utter Cream, Eco-Panda, Herbal Water, Nelson J Salon, Alterna, OPI, Explorer’s Bounty, Celtic Sea Salt, Edward & Sons Trading Co., Pop Chips, Robert’s American Gourmet and Little Laura’s Sweets, among many others.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
12 to 3:30 p.m.
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Dr.
Studio City, CA 91604
Featured items for this year’s live auction include a Maurice Lacroix Limited Edition 999 Watch, a private dinner party courtesy of Neal Fraser paired with wine from Frank Family Vineyards, a Border Grill Truck Party for 25, a La Loggia party for 25, two round-trip business class tickets on American Airlines to one of their European destinations, and a five-night stay at Aurelio-Lech, a brand new luxury ski lodge in Austria. The silent auction will include items such as a sports memorabilia, travel packages to international destinations and numerous wine and spirits packages.
About the Kidney Foundation of Southern California
The National Kidney Foundation is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through its offices nationwide, the foundation conducts programs in research, professional education, patient and community services, public education and organ donation.