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Past Events 2009 - 2011



New York Citymeals-on-Wheels 25th Annual "Power Lunch for Women"

Barbara dosn't just support Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. Each year she travels to New York City to support the New York Citymeals-on-Wheels. The 2011 reception and lunceon honored Marcia Stein, Founding Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, who recently retired as Executive Director after 30 years.

Friday November 18, 2011
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel — 2 East 61st Street, NYC

If you'd like to help support New York Citymeals-on-Wheels, you may contact Emily Cleveland at 212-687-1290.


Association of Professional Fundraisers Philanthropy Awards

Nominated by AVIVA Family & Childrens' Services, Barbara had the honor
of being a finalist for the award of Outstanding Philanthropist.

Wednesday November 16, 2011


Israel Cancer Research Fund "Women of Action" 2011 LuncheonMarilu Henner and Barbara Lazaroff at ICRF 2011

This event, for which Barbara is part of the planning committee,
honored Pat Fine, Judy Knapp, and Marina Vaysburd, M.D..
Marilu Henner — star of stage, screen and television,
as well as best-selling author — did Barbara the favor of acting as Master of Ceremonies.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011Marilou Henner, Barbara Lazaroff and others at ICRF event 2011
The Four Seasons Hotel
, 300 South Doheny Drive Los Angeles, CA 90048

To learn how you can support the ICRF,
please call the ICRF office at 310-274-2400 or visit ICRFLA.org.


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s "An Evening with the Stars"

MattChef Matt Bencivenga — Chef and Managing Partner of Wolfgang Puck Catering — was honored with the Spirit of Hope Award for his amazing courage and determination with his own diagnosis of pancreatic cancer diagnosis two years ago.

Also honored was Paul MacCaskill.
Chris Isaak gave a special Performace.
Special Guests: Wolfgang Puck and Tom Sherak
Evening Host: Tony Potts

Saturday evening October 22, 2011
Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons hotel)
6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner, Awards, Raise the Paddle

Black Tie


Friends of Sheba
Women of Achievement Luncheon 2011
Benefitting Sheba’s Pediatric Cancer Center

Barbara's table at Friends of Sheba luncheon 2011Thursday, September 15, 2011
Beverly Hills Hotel

Barbara sits on the board of Friends of Sheba and was honored to present honors to Noa Tishby at this Women of Achievement Luncheon.

For information visit ShebaMed.org/s/womens-luncheon.php
or call Marsha Grant Associates at 323-904-4400.


The Bel Air Affaire 2011:
A Night Made in Heaven
for American Friends of The Hebrew University

Barbara joined AFHU's Western Region in Bel Air for an evening hosted by Brindell Gottlieb, honoring the dedication and philanthropy of Mike and Irena Medavoy with a presentation of the Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award.

This elegant dining and exciting entertainment supports scholarships to enable students to attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Saturday, September 10, 2011
You can learn more at AFHU.org/2011BelAirAffaire


A Faire of the Heart for the Serra Project
and the Visionary Award

The Serra Project presented Barbara Lazaroff with their first annual Alliance for Housing & Healing Visionary Award because of her exemplary work as a tireless and award-winning designer, restaurateur, author, and philanthropist. Quoting the Faire of the Heart honorees page: “Barbara led the production of a cookbook for People Living with HIV/AIDS and has been involved in a number AIDS charities. Her substantial support of AIDS assistance includes such well-known regional fundraisers as Project Angel Food’'s Divine Design, Dining Out For Life, and Aid for AIDS'’ Go Eat LA, among others”.

The Serra Project is a nonprofit agency founded in 1987 to provide safe, caring homes for people living with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise find themselves in unsafe, unhealthy living conditions. Their door is open to all regardless of race, color, religion, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, gender, age, national origin or ability to pay.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Beverly Hills Hotel, Crystal Ballroom

You can learn about the Serra Project at SerraProject.org.


Cal Spirit XXVII
American Cancer Society's 27th Annual California Spirit
Presents Gourmet Food and Wine

August 7, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to dusk
Pacific Design Center

Barbara and co-hostess Sherry Lansinga welcomed guest to their 27th annual California Spirit Event for the American Cancer Society. As always, this fabulous event featured gourmet creations by Los Angeles' most renowned chefs as well as premium California wines. Participating restaurants included: Spago Beverly Hills, Chinois on Main, CUT, Red Seven & WP 24.

Interested in attending or participating next year? Call Adriana Sandoval at the ACS for ticket inquiries. Call 310-348-0356, press 3, then ext 227. You may also find info at CalSpirit.org.


An Evening On The Beach
benefitting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels

Great company, the Pacific sunset, beach air, fire pits to keep you warm, casual seating, great music…and amazing food and wine. Signature dishes from 10 of LA’s notable chefs, including a fresh oyster bar. Delectable desserts by Sherry Yard, Spago’s Executive Pastry Chef. Attendees enjoyed all that, plus meeting and learning about some small production vintners while sampling their wine.

This exclusive event was limited to only 550 people.
Many thanks to Audi for its sponsorship of this event and of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

Thursday, July 28, 2011
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Jonathan Club, Santa Monica, CA

You can learn more about it at AnEveningOnTheBeach.com


Book launch party
for Guy Laliberte's Gaia

Gaia Book LaunchGuy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, became the first space tourist when he traveled in a Russian spacecraft to the International Space Station. He shares the experience through 149 magnificent photos in his new book, Gaia. Barbara joined Guy at his official book launch party at the SLS hotel in Los Angeles June 27, 2011. Book proceeds benefit Laliberte's One Drop Foundation, providing water for the world.


Israel Cancer Research Fund
Laureate Circle Tribute Banquet

As one of the event Vice Chairmen, Barbara had the honor of bestowing honors. She and fellow attendees payed tribute to Jacob Dayan, Consul Ceneral of the State of Israel and his wife Dr. Galit Dayan for their outstanding contributions representing the State of Israel. Mireille and Barry Wolfe were also honored and were recipients of the first ICRF Laureate Circle Founders Award.

June 26, 2011
Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills

Dietary laws were observed, info at ICRFla.org/gala.html


Rest2011 AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards

AIA/Los Angeles, a chapter of The American Institute of Architects has again selected Barbara Lazaroff as one of the two special presenters for the ceremony. Barbara has been helping present these awards for several years.

Friday June 24, 2011
5:00 pm
LA Convention Center

For more info please visit


Cal5th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

The Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival and the city of Los Angeles honored Barbara Lazaraoff with a lifetime achievement award and gratitude for her years of philanthropic work.

Saturday June 18, 2011
Calabasas Inn - 23500 Park Sorrento Calabasas, CA 91302

For more info please visit MalibuFoodAndWinefestival.com


Zimmer2011Art Exhibit Closing Reception
for the Zimmer Children's Museum

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Bell Family Gallery, Jewish Federation,
6505 Wilshire Boulevard

Barbara hosted a special closing reception for this annual Zimmer Children's Museum fund-raising art exhibit.


Kindred Spirits2011 Kindred Spirits

Sunday June 12, 2011
Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles

Last year Kindred Spirits honored Barbara Lazaroff and the money raised went to Barbara's beneficiary,
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

This year, Barbara helped bestow the honors on others — Carlos Santana and Dave Koz — and the funds raised will help International Medical Corps, a humanitarian nonprofit that relieves suffering through health care programs.

More info at KindredSpiritslive.org. Specifically, the Kindred Spirits event, the 2011 beneficiary, the 2011 Kindred Spirits honorees, the 2011 performers.


Spago Seder 2011Spago's
27 th Annual Seder
Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger

Tuesday April 19, 2011
The captivating and thoroughly charming Westside Children's Choir again performed this year.

Attending the seder was: award-winner Lainie Kazan, Grammy Award-winner Melissa Manchester, and Tony/Grammy Award-winner "Jersey Boy" John Lloyd Young. You can see Lainie and Melissa, as well as singer/songwriter Carol Conners among the children's choir.


Summit at Sea — International WatersBarbara Lazaroff at the Summit At Sea

April 8-11 in 2011

Barbara took to the high seas with more than 1,000 millennial movers and shakers a they sailed to a private island to discuss the positive impact they can bring to our world. Pulling together the brightest people in business and culture, Summit at Sea featureed world-class speakers like Sir Richard Branson and Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes, and hurls attendees into insane activities such as shark-tagging and coral reef building designed to help them forge lifelong friendships. We can only imagine the greatness that catalyzed in these international waters.


Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon
National Association of Women Business Owners – Angeles Chapter (NAWBO-LA)

March 4, 2011

Barbara co-chaired this inspiring event at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live. She invites inspired women to join her and NAWBO-LA's group of impressive women at next year's luncheon and other NAWBO-LA events. To learn more about NAWBO-LA visit NAWBOLA.org.


Hospitality Design Summit

March 2-4, 2011

As a Platinum Circle Member, Barbara attended the annual Hospitality Design Summit. The Hospitality Design Summit, per the group, "is our annual executive think-tank and Hospitality Design Platinum Circle members that have always been at the heart of this event, given your passion for life-long learning. We have an extraordinary program planned, best summed up as "seeing things differently." For more info please visit HospitalityDesign.com.


Women's Media Center Fundraiser

Women's Media Center fundraiserOn closing night of Tony Award-winning 33 Variations at The Ahmanson Theater, Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem hosted a private reception in support of The Women's Media Center which the two women co-founded. When Jane Fonda asked Barbara to attend as a contribution to the center, Barbara was happy to be there.

The goal of the Women's Media Center is to "change the fact that women's voices and stories are systematically excluded from the media, effectively silencing over half the country and even half the world's population. In fact, only 16% of films in 2009 had female directors; only 4 women have ever been nominated for a "Best Director" Oscar – with only one winner; and females are only 24% of people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news.

The Women's Media Center is making women and girls visible and powerful in the media using four strategic pathways: promoting women as media subjects and decision-makers; media training and leadership development for women and girls; creating new media and original content; and catalyzing a women's media movement."


The 28th Annual American Wine & Food Festival

On September 25, 2010 for the 28th time...
the culinary elite cooked up an unrivaled epicurean feast paired with fine wines and spirits. The spectacular setting of the Universal Studios' Back Lot show-cased live bands, a silent auction and a few surprises.

On Sunday, September 26, a limted number of guest enjoyed the Chef's Grand Tasting Dinner at Spago Beverly Hills. Wolfgang Puck, Lee Hefter & Barbara Lazaroff along with Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard welcomed Dominique Ansel of Daniel, New York City, Paul Bortolotta of BARsTOLOTTA, Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas, Nobu Matsuhisa of Matsuhisa, Beverly Hills, Charlie Palmer of Aureole, New York City, Santi Santamaria of Restaurant Con Fabes, Barcelona, Spain, and Michael White of Marea, New York City who all prepared an elegant, six-course meal at the 11th Annual Chefs Grand Tasting Dinner. These celebrity chefs each prepared one course for the grand gala dinner to create an evening filled with exquisite dishes.

As with all previous AWFF events, proceeds supported the Los Angeles Chapters of Meals On Wheels, helping serve thousands of meals each day to Los Angeles' homebound senior and disabled citizens. To learn more about it you can start on Barbara's Philanthropy page.

AWFF co-founded by Barbara Lazaroff


Cal Spirit XXVI

Cal Spirit XXVI

On August 8, 2010 Barbara co-hosted her 26th annual California Spirit Event for the American Cancer Society, along with co-hostess Sherry Lansing and co-host Wolfgang Puck. It featured gourmet creations by Los Angeles’ most renowned chefs, premium California wines, live entertainment, and a live and silent auction.


AWFF Evening On The Beach

Evening on the Beach 2010On July 29, 2010, the AWFF introduced the first Evening On The Beach. 350 guests enjoyed an exclusive festival pre-party. Then, on the sands of Santa Monica, guests enjoyed the summer sunset with crackling fires, great music, and scrumptious grilled dishes under the stars.


Kindred Spirits

Sunday June 13, 2010
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles

Barbara received KindredSPIRITS' Humanitarian Award as KindredSPIRITS' special honoree as part of a fabulous evening of world music that celebrated unity and peace. Barbara's also selection for beneficiary was Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger.

Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, Melissa Manchester joined the 60-Voice Gospel Choir from Faithful Central Bible Church, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, under Dr. Noreen Green's direction, and noted artists: Ilan Davidson, tenor; Chayim Frenkel, tenor; and Ilysia Pierce, soprano.


The Long Bright Cantata
CantataSupporting the Israel Cancer Research Fund
in their global work to cure cancer

March 11, 2010

Thanks in part of Barbara Lazaroff's chairmanship, the ICRF had a highly successful fund-raiser.

This evening of events was built around a performance of The Long Bright, a cantata composed by Andrea Clearfield with text by David Wolman. It featured Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann under the artist direction of conductor Dr. Noreen Green, of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Many thanks go to Dr. Green starting with a thank you for bringing this idea to the ICRF.


Spago's 26 th Annual Seder
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger

Spago Seder 2010March 30, 2010

In 2010 Barbara hosted the 26th annual gourmet Seder, conducted by Rabbi Arnold Rachlis D.D. and Cantor Ruti Braier.

Over 200 people attended! It was, as always, quite a celebration.

Fragrant dishes included a "killer chicken soup" with fluffy air light matzoh balls, Spago chopped chicken liver, gefilte fish made from fresh pike, whitefish and carp, roasted chicken, and almond crusted salmon (courtesy of the talents of Spago's Jewish chef, Lee Hefter and Japanese chef, Tetsu Yahagi). Being a Spago Beverly Hills event, it was, of course, topped off with a sumptuous array of desserts by Spago's Sherry Yard. (Her macaroons are the best!) Spago sommelier Chris Miller poured exceptional kosher wine this year: Red C Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Napa Valley, and Chardonnay Lavan 2008, Russian River Valley.


The 27th Annual American Wine & Food Festival, benefiting Meals On Wheels
(founded by the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation)

October 2-4, 2009

Attendees were treated to the some of the most exciting, unique and distinctive culinary creations complemented by the best wines and spirits over three events October 2-4, 2009. FIrst, Red Hot Friday, then Saturday Evening Event at Universal Studios Back Lot followed by the limited attendance Chefs Grand Tasting at Spago Beverly Hills.


Rededication of Aviva's Wallis Annenberg Center

September 9, 2009

When a teenage girl arrives at Aviva’s Wallis Annenberg Center, it is often her last chance to heal and turn her life around.

After Barbara Lazaroff spear-headed a greatly needed rennovation, over 75 friends, supporters and guests joined Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to celebrate the reopening of the center.


Frette Showroom benefitting Aviva Family and Children’s Services

September 7 - October 20, 2009

frette display

Barbara was one of five selected designers to design a bedroom vignette for the exclusive and elegant Frette linen company on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

20% of the proceeds from the purchase of linens and other Frette items in Barbara’s Showcase were donated to Barbara's selected cause, Aviva Family and Children’s Services. Additionally, Barbara donated 20% of the proceeds from selected objects of art to Aviva.


The 25th Annual Cal Spirit Event benefiting the American Cancer Society

California Spirit is a much-anticipated event with a well-established reputation as one of the most prestigious charity galas in California. Master Chef Wolfgang Puck gathers renowned chefs from the best L.A. restaurants to create their finest culinary creations. California Spirit features gourmet food, premium California wines, live entertainment, plus a spectacular live and silent auction. This Sunday, August 9, 2009 event was hosted by Wolfgang Puck, Sherry Lansing and Barbara Lazaroff.


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