Past Events 2023

2023 Past Events

Here are some of the events that Barbara Lazaroff helped with, spoke at, or supported in 2023.

Spago Beverly Hills New Years’ Eve Masquerade Ball

Spago Beverly Hills invites you to the New Years’ Eve Masquerade Ball.
Count down to 2024 amid Spago’s festive decor as you enjoy!
~ an exquisite 3-Course menu with options in each course
~ live Big Band entertainment featuring Brenna Whitaker & Her 7-Piece Big Band
~ a DJ
~ dancing
~ vintage Champagne
~ fashionable masquerade masks

Spago Beverly Hills New Year's Eve 2023, Brenna Whitaker & Her 7-Piece Big Band, Announcement

New Year’s Eve
Saturday, December 31, 2023

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

Spago offers various options for evening. There’s the option to have dinner before heading off the celebrate the change of the year elsewhere, and there are options to see 2024 in right at Spago.

See all the options and book your New Year’s Eve experience here.

But first, know that if you have late night plans to see the new year in, you can still enjoy celebratory New Year’s Eve Early Supper Spago Experience.

NYE Early Supper Experience
Join the Spago crowd for a spectacular dinner before you head out to your countdown celebration elsewhere. Spectacular 3-Course “Selection” Pre-Fixe Menu (with choices for each course) and a beautiful glass of Lanson Pere & Fils Brut Champagne.

(You may also help get the party off to a good start by adding a bottle of Champagne from Wolfgang’s Cellar.)

Seatings from 5:00-6:30 only.  However, seatings after 6 are now booked.
Your table is available until 8:30 p.m. (At 8:30 the restaurant will need to reset for the Masquerade.)
$195 Per Person (excluding beverage, tax & gratuity)
More info for this celebratory event was at

Festive Christmas Eve at SPAGO Beverly Hills

You’re invited to join SPAGO Beverly Hills for a festive Christmas Eve
SPAGO celebrates Christmas Eve with the “Santa Sisters” holiday carolers, a winter wonderland & an extensive 3-course “selection” prix fixe menu filled with seasonal choices.

Sunday, December 24, 2023
Seatings 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Ca’Del Bosco, from the “Champagne” region of Italy known as Franciacorta, which is poured from a magnificent 3L bottle.

Two dining options, several mealtime choices…

Spago Bar Experience
$195 Per Person (excluding beverage, tax & gratuity)

Spago Christmas Eve Spectacular
$225 Per Person
Children’s menu (10 & under): $85 per person
Both are excluding beverage, tax & service.

A ticket for either option includes a welcome glass of Champagne (21 & over). All other beverages are not included.

Tickets are pre-sold only and are non-refundable.

A 9.5% Sales tax will be applied to all pre-sold

Any additional food and beverage purchased on the evening of the event and will be included in your final bill.

No gratuity or service charge is included in the pre-purchase or purchases made the night of the event. You may apply gratuity at your discretion to your final bill.

Stand With Us
Festival of Lights Annual Gala 2023

Stand With Us Festival of Lights Annual Gala 2023 featuring Loay Ahmed Alshareef — Saudi National & Activist, now based in Abu Dhabi, Outspoken Zionist; Enes Kanter Freedom — Turkish NBA Star, Human Rights Activist, and Outspoken Zionist; and Elon Gold, Comedian.

StandWithUs is an international and non-partisan Israel education organization that inspires and educates people of all ages and backgrounds, challenges misinformation, and fights antisemitism. It is not politically aligned in any country. It does not and has never advocated specific policies for Israel. Our work and respect for Israel’s democratically elected government are not contingent on which parties are in power. Our goal is to counter antisemitism, educate the public about Israel, empower others to educate their communities, and make it possible to have reasonable, informed conversations about Israel’s history, policies, and humanitarian aid on campuses and in communities around the world.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization has programs on six continents with chapters and offices throughout the U.S., Israel, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, Brazil, and South Africa. For the last eleven consecutive years, StandWithUs has obtained the highest possible ratings from two preeminent rating agencies: GuideStar and Charity Navigator

Keynote Speaker
Enes Kanter Freedom
Turkish NBA Star, Human Rights Activist, and Outspoken Zionist

Elon Gold

Special Guest Speaker
Loay Ahmed Alshareef
Saudi National & Activist, now based in Abu Dhabi, Outspoken Zionist

Sponsored by
Ellie & Bruce Lederman • Debbie & Naty Saidoff

Honoring Two Extraordinary Young Leaders

Gabi Schiller
Current StandWithUs New England High School Manager, Former Emerson Fellow
Nate Neustadt
Current StandWithUs Kenneth Leventhal High School Intern, senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego

Sunday, December 10, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Strolling Dinner Reception & Auction
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Program
8:30 p.m. – Dessert Reception

Fairmont Century Plaza
Los Angeles

Tickets are $500, Sponsorships are available.

For more information visit

Spago Relaunch Bar Event & Maui Foodbank Fundraiser

New Bar • New Look • New Menu • New Direction
Join Spago and their bar’s new Manager, Adam George Fournier to celebrate Spago’s fresh new look and the launch of Spago’s new beverage program

All proceeds benefit the Maui Foodbank.

Explore Spago’s innovative new specialty cocktails. (Low ABV, spirit-free, or wine may substitute for cocktails.)
Enjoy several experiential culinary stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music.
Spago's The Bar, drink on a Spago coaster
Monday, December 4, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

VIP Gold $250 (plus 9.5% tax & 20% Service):
Includes VIP private table, welcome snack for your table,
4 cocktail food station visits (4 amuse cocktails),
passed hors d’oeuvres,
2 cocktails off our new menu from the main bar,
as well as a Privee Bar Holiday experience (2 cocktails).
Table seating is limited to 2 hours maximum from reservation time.

Silver $150 (plus 9.5% tax & 20% Service):
Includes 4 themed cocktail and food station visits with amuse cocktails,
passed hors d’oeuvres,
2 cocktails from the new menu from the main bar.
Dessert Station.
Standing Room Only, General Admission

Tickets may be purchased at and are pre-sold only and are non-refundable.

Arrival times are 6:00, 6:15, 8:00, or 8:15.
The evening’s celebration concludes at 10:30 p.m.

Please enjoy responsibly.

Casa de Cadillac
Tequila Komos
Buick/GMC Sherman Oaks
Ketel One Vodka
Ford’s London Dry Gin

Thanksgiving 2023 at Spago Beverly Hills

Spago Beverly Hills Thanksgiving 2023Spago invited folks to bring their family to celebrate at Spago.

Spago Beverly Hills celebrates Thanksgiving this year and invites you to bring your family in to celebrate at Spago with an abundant scrumptious menu that’s sure to warm the hearts of your family and friends.

Join us as we debut our newly renovated restaurant and bar at Spago. You will dine amongst our brand new art exhibition, entitled “Building Bridges,” which features stunning sculptures, mixed media, paintings, and photography.

Your meal will start with a mood-setting amuse bouche from Chef Avanessian — a mini Pumpkin Funnel Cake, with Keluga Caviar and Chives.

Each guest will then have a personal first-course choice: House-cured Maple Glazed Ham with Biscuits, Quince Jam, and a 63 Degree Egg, or a Lobster Pot Pie, or for something different – a Thai Chicken Salad.

Next, the entire table will share a family-style feast, including Turkey stuffed with Porcini, Rosemary & Sage Gravy, Cranberry Compote, Chicken Apple Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Gruyere & Fontina Macaroni & Cheese, Brussel Sprouts, and Yukon Gold Potato Puree.

Finally, you’ll visit Chef Della’s Pie and Pastry shop featuring a spectacular collection of expertly crafted Pies and more. Look for Pumpkin, Pecan, Pink Lady Apple Pies, Pear & Whiskey Bread Pudding, Cookies, Gelato & more. Seriously, wait ’til you taste Chef Della’s Pie Crust! Perfection!

The Menu
Amuse Bouche
Pumpkin Funnel Cake | Keluga Caviar | Chives

First Course Choice (each guest to select one):
-Thai Chicken Salad
Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette | Radicchio | Sugar Snap Peas | Crispy Sweet Potato
-Lobster Pot Pie
Roasted Root Vegetables | Creme Fraiche | Tarragon
-House Cured Maple Glazed Ham
Buttermilk Biscuits | Quince Jam | 63 Degree Egg

Thanksgiving Feast served Family Style (includes all):
-Ballotine of Free Range Turkey Stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms
-Rosemary & Sage Gravy
-Cranberry Compote
-Chicken Apple Sausage Stuffing
-Green Bean Casserole | Crispy Shallots
-Gruyere & Fontina Macaroni & Cheese
-Roasted Brussels Sprouts | Miso Hollandaise
-Yukon Gold Potato Puree

Dessert from Chef Della’s Pie & Pastry Shop:
featuring a spectacular collection of expertly crafted Pies and treats including Pumpkin, Pecan, Pink Lady Apple Pies, Pear & Whiskey Bread Pudding, Cookies, Gelato, and more.

Thursday, November 23, 2023
Seatings offered from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Adult $198 per person
Children (8 & Under) $95 per person

The event has passed but information about immediate future events is available at:

AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll!

AbilityFirst™ stands for, and alongside, people with developmental disabilities and their families with a welcoming environment where everyone feels they belong and are valued. Their first consideration is always for the well-being of our participants, and — through the mutual trust that we share — each person is supported to achieve his or her personal best.

Stroll & Roll is a community event celebrating people with disabilities and their families. 1,000+ event participants, including AbilityFirst families, corporate sponsors, celebrity supporters, and community members anticipate to help reach the goal of raising $500,000.

Live entertainment, awards ceremony, interactive exhibitors, giveaways for event participants, complimentary breakfast, and much more!

Saturday, November 11, 2023
10:00 a.m.  Infield Parking Lot Opens
10:300 a.m. Opening Ceremony
2:00 p.m. Event Ends

Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, CA

The $35 registration fee covers your Stroll & Roll walk kit with event t-shirt, medal, and more! Children 5 and younger are free.

To learn about AbilityFirst and register, visit

Photo of participants of the 2022 AbilityFirst Stroll & Roll

Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Gala

Dubbed the party of the year! The 34th annual Platinum Circle Awards gala, presented by Hospitality Design.

Hospitality Design's Platinum Circle Gala logoThe black tie-creative affair celebrating the careers of:
Martin Brudnizki, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio;
Ted Carroll, the Carroll Adams Group;
Raul Leal, SH Hotels & Resorts;
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Flag Luxury;
and Libby Sims Patrick, Sims Patrick Studio

November 10, 2023

Gotham Hall
New York City, NY

For more information visit

Save A Heart Foundation
40th Anniversary Fundraiser – Sponsors Dinner Party

Save A Heart Foundation logoSave A Heart Foundation is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a fundraiser event in a Moroccan-style home in Hollywood Hills, graciously hosted by: Sari Zelikowsky.

This event, limited to 34 people on a first-come-first-served basis, is to raise a minimum of $60,000 for the continuation of our Israeli fellowship program.

  • Gourmet Moroccan Dinner
  • Elite California Wine
  • Entertainment
  • Valet Parking

Save A Heart Foundation
President and Founder: Yzhar Charuzi, MD
Chief Executive Officer: Sarit Finkelstein-Boim

Friday, November 10, 2023
6:30 p.m.

Address provided upon RSVP

Sponsors Ad Book:
Sponsors of our Israeli fellowship program donating $2,000 and above for this event will be acknowledged in a virtual “Ad Book.” Ads from all Sponsors not only attendees.

Sponsorship Options:
Big Heart Sponsor: $50,000- $60,000
Platinum Sponsor: $25,000
Gold Sponsor: $10,000
Silver Sponsor: $5,000
Patron: $2,000
Supporter: $1,000
Seating per person – minimum donation $500

Women’s Guild Cedar’s Sinai
Crystal Ball

During the Women’s Guild’s 50-year relationship with Cedars-Sinai, the hospital’s leadership has often approached them presenting and discussing specific areas where where the guild can be instrumental in advancing the clinical and research priorities of the institution. The guild then rolls up sleeves and gets to work!

The Crystal Ball is an annual event, a major part of the Women’s Guild fund-raising to support Cedar’s-Sinai Medical Center’s work.

The Women’s Guild provides resources for a wide range of programs, supporting the pursuit of knowledge and the development of diagnosis and treatment methods that will make a difference in the lives of countless patients for generations to come.

Humanitarian Award: The Litvack Family

Icon Award honorees: LaTanya & Samuel L. Jackson

Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild logoThursday, November 9, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Donner and Program

Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA

For tickets please visit

Scleroderma Research Foundation logoScleroderma Research Foundation’s…
Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine event
    This year, a Tribute to Bob Saget

Scleroderma Research Foundation’s Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine event Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder—a rheumatic disease that causes inflammation in the skin and other areas.

Since its inception in 1987, this intimate evening of laughter and fine dining has become the SRF’s signature fundraising event, featuring some of the world’s greatest comedians and performing artists who donate their time and talents to support SRF’s innovative research programs and help raise awareness.

For the first 5 years, Bob Saget performed as a comedian while Robin Williams hosted. Soon Saget became the host.

For the past 30 years, Bob Saget spearheaded Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine in support of the Foundation, having pledged to spend the rest of his life helping.

This year the Foundation established “The Bob Saget Legacy Award.” The first recipient is Caroline Hirsch who has hosted this annual event at her club, Carolines on Broadway, for so many years.
This year, Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine will feature the talents of:

  • Michael Che, comedian
  • Nikki Glaser, comedian
  • Jeff Ross, Jeff Ross
  • Adam Duritz, vocalist & David Immerglück, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, of Counting Crows
  • and more to be announced!

Honoring Caroline Hirsch with the new Bob Saget Legacy Award
Hosted by Jeff Ross

Cocktail attire

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m. Dinner

The Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th Street
New York City, NY 10036

To register online please visit
If you have questions contact Kate Ceredona, Director of Philanthropy, at

Beverly Hills Chamber Centennial Celebration

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce logoFine food & festivities!

This year marks our 100th anniversary and we cordially invite members of our community to join us in celebrating a century of fostering business success!

Join us for a sophisticated evening in the company of esteemed business professionals, influential figures from our local community, city officials, and dedicated chamber members who have contributed to making Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce exceptional.

In addition, we will be paying tribute to seven longstanding members for their unwavering support and unique contributions to our city.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Dress code: cocktail attire.
$80 Members
$95 Non-Members

Parking is valet or self-parking – flat rate of $20 per vehicle for both valet and self-parking.

For more information contact Daniel Bermudez from this page.

5th annual Ambassadors of Peace Awards

5th annual Ambassadors of Peace Awards Logo

Build Bridges. Instill Hope. Create a Better Future.

About Creative Community for Peace
Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is a non-profit organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry who have come together to promote the arts as a means to peace, to counter antisemitism within the entertainment industry, and to galvanize support against the cultural boycott of Israel.

CCFP understands the power that music, sports, film, and television has in bringing people together of all backgrounds and believe that the arts are crucial to help bridge cultural divides. We also believe in artists and their ability to affect lives and effect positive change around the world.

This awards event — a dinner reception with an open bar, kosher catering buffet style — featured special music performances, food, drinks, and a VIP guest list of top industry executives. Rather than a seated event, guests dined at cocktail tables and chairs around the yard, as well as some seats near the stage.

The Creative Community for Peace made it a point to not let the awful terrorist situation against Israel not bring down this event. Although with heavy hearts, the event went on as planned.

Thursday, October 19, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Given recent events, we are being even more diligent with security, so please don’t worry, we will have ample security to ensure a safe event.

Attire: Cocktail Chic (not black tie)

Outdoors on grass at a private home in Beverly Hills

For more information please visit If you require more info please reach out directly:

The 15th annual Holocaust Museum LA Gala
(Sold out)

With antisemitism, racism, and hate rhetoric getting further entrenched into our popular culture, public discourse, and current climate of political divide, the Holocaust Museum needs your support more than ever.


Proceeds from this gala support our work in teaching the critical lessons and continued social relevance of the Holocaust for generations to come.

Arnold Schwarzenegger with the first-ever Award of Courage
Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
Sandra Gerson Kanengiser

Hosted by:
Melissa Rivers

Tickets are $1,000
Business attire

Monday, November 6, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Program & Dinner

Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

To learn about the museum visit
To learn more about the Gala visit

FIDF (Friends of the Israel Defense Forces) Los Angeles
Celebrating 75 years of Israel

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) logoJoin us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate 75 years of unwavering courage, boundless hope, and the emergence of true heroes.

FIDF 75 years of courage hope heroes

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a non-political, non-military organization that provides for well-being of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans and family members. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors.

FIDF has consistently received the highest ratings for accountability and transparency from two of the leading independent charity evaluators:
CharityNavigator — the highest 4-star rating for the 11th consecutive year — which only 2% of charities in America have achieved
CharityWatch’s “Top-Rated” seal.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
6:30 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dress Code: Cocktail attire

Individual tickets: $500

For tickets, sponsorships, and more information about this event visit
Or contact FIDF Los Angeles Executive Director Jenna Griffin, at or 323-843-2690.

Aviva’s Día De Los Muertos Party 2023

Aviva logoAviva’s programs bring families back together, promote permanency, and build stronger and more empowered families, helping the most vulnerable children and their families strengthening family bonds through the work of its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic workforce that reflects the clients and community it serves.

Join Aviva for an evening of fun celebrating el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) — a vibrant and joyful, deeply meaningful Latin-American holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.Día De Los Muertos Party 2023
The commemoration blends indigenous Aztec beliefs with Catholicism. Families create elaborate ofrendas (altars) adorned with marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, and the favorite foods and mementos of the departed, welcoming their spirits back to the world of the living.

During this time, cemeteries come alive with lively gatherings, music, and feasts, as families honor and remember their ancestors, believing that death is a natural part of the human journey and that the spirits of the departed continue to influence and guide the living.

You’ll get to experience:
• A Feast of traditional Mexican cuisine including sweet Pan de Muerto, tacos, and a variety of festive drinks including craft beer & wine.

• Transform yourself with sugar skull face painting, mask-making, and creative altar decorating.

• Live Entertainment: the soul-stirring rhythms of live mariachi music and traditional Mexican dances.

• A Celebration of Life: join in building a beautiful altar of remembrance, paying tribute to those who have touched our lives.

Attendees must be 21 and over to attend.

Dress Code:
Aviva encourages you to embrace the spirit by dressing in traditional Mexican attire, calavera (skeleton) outfits, or adorning yourself with sugar skull face paint.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Aviva’s Rooftop Patio
7120 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

General Admission is $75.00. This 1 ticket includes entrance to the venue, food, and drinks — unlimited fun!
Parking lot parking is $12.
Other Admission options, sponsorships, provide ticket and parking bundles.
To purchase tickets visit

To learn more about Aviva Family and Children’s Services please visit

MAZON’s Hunger Museum Virtual Tour

Mazon, A Jewish Response To HungerA note: At MAZON we will not pretend their hearts are not broken, that our attention is not split, that we are not alert in profound new ways. But we are also inspired by MAZON’s longtime partners in Israel — who are pushing through grief, pain, and fear to provide life-saving support for those facing food insecurity. Through horror and heartbreak, we remain committed to advocating for all who struggle with hunger in the U.S. and Israel and educating our community. MAZON announced $100,000 in emergency grants to respond to this latest crisis and invites you to learn more on our blog post: “The Shifting Landscape of Food Insecurity in Israel.” ~MAZON

Please join MAZON for a virtual guided tour exploring The Hunger Museum. Learn how we can (and almost did) end hunger in America.

MAZON - The Hunger Museum - logo

Led by MAZON’s VP of Community Engagement Naama Haviv, the tour will tease out the main narrative of the museum over the course of an hour, with time for questions and discussion.

We gather in the spirit of learning and to the values of justice and common humanity that resonate in the Torah. In learning what came before, we can make change.

About the Hunger Museum:
The Hunger Museum tells the fascinating story of the last 100+ years of hunger and anti-hunger public policy in the United States. Because it’s completely virtual, you can engage with our immersive and interactive exhibits anytime, from anywhere, to learn about the political, economic, and cultural story of the expansion and dismantling of the American social safety net. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

The lessons from history can help us forge a new path forward to end hunger. We know it’s possible — the proof is in our history.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
12:00 p.m. Pacific / 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Taking place over Zoom

Open to all

To attend please register at this page.

For more information about MAZON, visit

2023 Discovery Awards
Benefitting The Cayton Children’s Museum

The Cayton Museum's 2023 Discovery AwardsThe Cayton Children’s Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year, returns to the Skirball Cultural Center and pay tribute to its past and celebrate its most promising future.

All proceeds benefit the Cayton Children’s Museum and its efforts to enrich the lives of children and families through PLAY.

Barbara is an honorary co-chair for the event and plans to attend.


  • Carl Freed — our Board Chairperson and longtime supporter of the Cayton.
  • Esther Netter — our founder and the visionary behind the museum. As she announces her retirement, we honor Esther’s 35-year legacy with a unique addition to the program.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
6:00 p.m.

Skirball Cultural Center
Guerin Pavilion
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Individual Tickets are $500, packages start at $1,000 for two tickets, and table packages start at $5,000. Sponsorship packages are explained and available at

National Breast Cancer Coalition logoNational Breast Cancer Coalition
Annual Les Girls Cabaret

Join Barbara, some of her friends, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition for its annual cabaret, an evening of song and celebration. This signature fundraiser supports NBCC’s education and training programs in breast cancer science, research, and advocacy that are critical to ending breast cancer and saving lives.

Les Girls Cabaret logoNBCC’s Les Girls Cabaret delivers a fantastic evening of laughter and fun unlike any other, largely due to the incredible committee and the actors who donate their time and talent.

Performers scheduled to appear (as of September 5, 2023):
Andrew Chappelle • Chris Gorham • Gwen Hollander
Chris Mann • Lesli Margherita • Michael Shepperd
Jason Michael Snow • James Snyder • Lea Thompson
Steven Weber • Amber Stevens West • Justin Michael Wilcox
Marissa Jaret Winokur

Barbara & Marliu Henner enjoyed a past Les Girls event together
Barbara & Marliu Henner enjoyed a past Les Girls event together

Sunday, Oct 29, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktails, Hor d’Oeuvres
7:30 p.m. Cabaret

Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

For ticket, sponsorship, or ad information visit

The Jewish Federation’s 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jewish Federation of LA logoThe Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles created the Jewish Community Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize members of our community who set the highest standard for philanthropy, leadership, and involvement.

Honoring Michael Koss & Richard Ziman — friends and true community leaders — with the 2023 prestigious award.

The Jewish Federation 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award (10/25/23) graphic

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Program

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Cocktail attire.

For questions, please contact Lauren Shorten at or (323) 761-8306.

American Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Stand up for Israel

Stand Up For Sheba 2023 solidarity invitationAmerican Friends of Sheba Medical Center invites you to an evening of solidarity, comfort and support for Israel.

Our intention was to come together for an evening of laughter in support of Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

In light of the recent horrific events, we are inviting the entire Los Angeles community to join us for an evening of solidarity, comfort and support for Israel.

The space can hold 1600 people. Let us fill this space with our collective presence, as we raise our voices and money for a cause that transcends boundaries. Please join us in helping Sheba Medical Center extend their lifesaving work to all those harmed by this terrible conflict.

Stand Up For Sheba 2023 solidarity helicopter All proceeds from this event will go to Sheba Medical Center’s emergency campaign. Sheba is working around the clock, treating hundreds of wounded, traumatized civilians, and soldiers.

Special appearances by:
Modi, Shanee Zamir, Craig Taubman, Chloe Pourmorady, Stuart K Robinson

Stand Up For Sheba 2023 special appearances

Sunday, October 22, 2023
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception ($360+)
6:30 p.m. Program
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Dietary Laws Observed

Saban Theater
8440 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

To register to attend or to donate, please visit

1 Ticket – Sheba 2.0 (ages 21-40): $75
1 ticket – Mezzanine: $100
1 Ticket – Main Floor Rear: $180
1 Ticket – Main Floor Middle + Pre-event Cocktail Reception: $360
1 Ticket – Main Floor Front + Pre-event Cocktail Reception: $500
6 Tickets – Main Floor Front + Pre-event Cocktail Reception: $1,800
10 Tickets – Main Floor Front + Pre-event Cocktail Reception + VIP Dessert Meet & Greet with Modi post-event: $5,000

Presenting Sponsor of Pre-event Cocktail Reception

12 Preferred seats in VIP section + Pre-event Cocktail Reception + VIP Dessert Meet & Greet with Modi post-event: $10,000

Title Sponsor of pre-event Cocktail Reception
20 Preferred seats in VIP section + Pre-event Cocktail Reception + VIP Dessert Meet & Greet with Modi post-event. Special Recognition during Opening Remarks: $18,000

For more information please contact or 310-838-0700.

3rd ever A Sense of Home Gala

A Sense of Home strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture, books for a home library, and home goods. 50% of those struggling with homelessness are former foster youth. The homeless crisis can only end through prevention.

Join us to celebrate the incredible work A Sense of Home, with help from folks like you have made possible. We have come such a long way since a random act of kindness inspired this movement. As we deepen our impact in LA and scale to new regions, we have exciting new developments that will be announced at our Gala.
~ Georgie & Melissa, A Sense of Home Founders

A night of rousing speeches and brilliant performances as inspired humans are celebrated in a chic, cozy, and magical ambiance thanks to the gorgeous designer lounge and passed delectables and drinks.

A Sense of Home Gala 2023 invitationSurprise Musical Acts AND Silent Art & Experience Auction

Honoring Charlotte & Gary Gilbert
Celebrating the creator of the ASOH Scholarship Fund: CEO & Founder of Ruggable, Jeneva Bell
Special Guest Di Michelle Rodriguez

Cocktail Attire

Saturday, October 21, 2023
7:00 p.m.

At a private home, arranged by Honorable Nicole Avant and Ted Sarandos

To learn more about A Sense of Home, please visit
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit this page.
To purchase a ticket, please visit this page.

Aloha for Maui
Benefiting Hawai’i Foodbank’s Maui Relief Fund

Would you like to do something to aid folks in Maui who have lost homes, businesses, and lives? If so, come be a part of a memorable night at the world-famous Rose in Venice.

The party will be filled with island-inspired cuisine, music, and atmosphere.

Delight your taste buds with an array of delectable dishes, including Spam fried rice, poi, huli-huli chicken, Don Ho pizza, and a succulent Ojai mangaliseta pig, slow-roasted to perfection over smoldering coals.

Musical guest Faiva will perform at Aloha for Maui in Los Angeles  Musical guest Faiva (nominated as Best 2023 International Pacific Artist)

Exquisite signature cocktails featuring Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Tropical garlands

Saturday, October 21, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

The Rose Venice
220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

Tickets are $100
Please visit this page to purchase your ticket.Aloha for Maui Benefiting Hawai’i Foodbank’s Maui Relief Fund 2023

All contributions to the Maui Relief Fund will support Maui wildfire relief efforts in partnership with Maui Food Bank. In addition to providing immediate support and food assistance to those in need due to the recent Maui wildfires, funds may also play a key role in Maui’s long-term recovery.Thank you to Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum for sponsoring this event.

Thank you to Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum for sponsoring this event.

Children’s Burn Foundation’s
Taste of HopeChildren's Burn Foundation logo

Join us for this inaugural event to help child burn survivors.

Children's Burn Foundation Taste of Hope save the dateThe Children’s Burn Foundation helps children prevent the pain and trauma, and to heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential, physically, psychologically, and socially. CBF provided services for 85,000 children and families during the past fiscal year.

Honoring Norbert Wabnig, of the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

The event will have…
So Many Chefs!
So Much To Drink!
Music For All!
Scrumptious, Savory and Sweet Signature Dishes!
Wine, Beer, Waters, Spirits and Non-alcoholic Beverages!
Live, Silent and Wine Pull Auctions!

Sunday, October 15, 2023
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Must Be 21 To Attend

To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit

For information about the Children’s Burn Foundation visit

Reverse Rett LA 2023

Reverse Rett LA 2023 logo

Getting a Rett syndrome diagnosis is one of the hardest things a parent will ever face. Reverse Rett will not rest until they have a cure for Rett syndrome— their singular focus. They are advancing six genetic-based strategies that attack the root cause of Rett from every angle. Their incredible progress is made possible by the support, passion, and commitment of Rett families around the world.

This is the only Rett nonprofit organization solely focused on cure, the only organization with a comprehensive plan to achieve a cure and with staff that has decades of industry experience in drug and business development. They have funded more research than any other Rett organization worldwide.

Friday, October 13, 2023
7:00 p.m.

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

For more about this fundraiser and to donate, visit
For general information, visit

The Magnolia Council presents…
2023 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique

Tower Cancer Research Foundation logoJoin the Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s 2023 Spirit of Hope Luncheon, presented by the Magnolia Council.

Proceeds from the event will further expand our funding for scientific research and survivorship support programs, creating a path to effectively treating and preventing cancer.

Magnolia Council 2023 Spirit of Hope Luncheon & Boutique

Honoring two extraordinary individuals who have generously given their time and resources to the fight against cancer.
Natasha Baradaran
Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz

The Luncheon Boutique is back. Shop from a curated selection of vendors including jewelry, gift items, handbags, and more. 30% of the proceeds will be donated to the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

Monday, October 9, 2023

The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Information is here.

Individual Tickets are $400. You can purchase tickets or otherwise support the cause at this page.

Downtown Women’s Center — Every Woman Housed

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. The DWC envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Its mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.

Downtown Women's Center logoIn 2022, more than 400 supporters joined the event and their community raised over $800,000 to provide housing and vital services to end women’s homelessness in Los Angeles.

This year’s gala will bring together community leaders to support DWC’s mission over delicious food, entertainment, and a silent and live auction. It will celebrate Angel City Football Club and LA Metro’s Stephanie Wiggins as 2023 Every Woman Housed Honorees!

Emcee: Natasha Rothwell

Sunday, October 8, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Individual Tickets are $500.

For more info about the event and for the ticket purchase button, visit
You can also purchase a ticket directly here.

To learn about the Downtown Women’s Center visit

Alliance for Housing and Healing (AHH)
Best in Drag Show

In 2011 Barbara received an award from the Alliance for Housing and Healing (AHH). AHH has now merged with APLA Health to combine expertise and strategic resources to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS and focus on the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles County.

Best In Drag Show header

APLA logoFounded in 1983, AHH is the largest provider of housing, support services, and financial assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Los Angeles County. As a leader in the “housing first” model of healthcare, AHH is widely known for promoting housing stability, improving health outcomes, and boosting HIV medical compliance.

Started over three decades ago, Best in Drag Show has been a grassroots community fundraiser that has benefitted AHH. Now, as part of the APLA Health family, the proceeds from this event will continue to help us directly provide housing to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Best in Drag Show features over-the-top characters, elaborate costumes, celebrity judges, and surprises galore as the queens stage a no-holds-barred fight for the title of Miss Best in Drag Show.

Sunday, October 1, 2023
5:30 p.m. Doors open
7:00 pm Curtain

Orpheum Theater
842 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Brent Shapio foundation logoBrent Shapiro Foundation’s Summer Spectacular Gala

Join us for an unforgettable event about making a positive impact — keeping kids away from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.

The Brent Shapiro Foundation’s Summer Spectacular Gala is here, and it’s your chance to be part of something incredible.

Our Annual Fundraiser is the heart and soul of our mission to support the Brent’s Club Program and Scholarship Program.

For over 18 years, we’ve been on a mission to create a brighter, safer future for our youth. We’ve already raised over 12 million dollars to fuel this important cause. But we’re not stopping there! We’re committed to keeping the momentum going, and that’s where you come in.

Brent Shapiro Foundation's Summer Spectacular 2023Hosted by actress Lala Kent
Performance by Pia Toscano

Honoring Arielle Lorre.

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For more information about this event please visit this page at

Beverly Hills Police Officers Benevolent Fund Gala

Please join us for an extraordinary evening honoring the Heroes of Beverly Hills.

Beverly Hills Police Officers badgeCocktail and Hors d’oevores Reception,
Live Auction and Awards Presentation

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
6:00 p.m.

Jean-Georges at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
(providing the perfect indoor/outdoor setting)
9850 Wilshire Boulevard

Cocktail Attire

For info about this event please visit
You can learn about the Beverly Hills Police Officers at

Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards Gala

Project Angel Food's Angel Awards Gala logo


Monies raised from this phenomenal al fresco dinner under the stars go directly toward the preparation and delivery of our lifesaving Medically Tailored Meals to purchase food, fuel, essential supplies and personnel.

The cost of food has risen 81%, and fuel is up 61% and climbing. Demand has also skyrocketed. At the time of the previous gala in September 2019, 61,554 meals per month were produced and distributed to critically ill people throughout the 4,753 square miles of Los Angeles County. Now, in 2023, meals are up 140% to 148,002 meals per month.

So, please consider joining the stars under the stars for this unforgettable evening and know your participation will make a difference in the lives of those living at the intersection of food, health, and financial insecurity.

  • Honoring Sheryl Lee Ralph. She is our beloved trustee, benefactor, 2022 Primetime Emmy Award winner, 2023 Emmy nominee, and star of ABC’s Abbott Elementary. We will be presenting her with the inaugural Sheryl Lee Ralph Legacy Award to recognize individuals or organizations with a passionate commitment to our work and the people we serve.
  • Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer and health pioneer Jewel will perform in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of her second studio album Spirit.
  • Author, activist, artist Mary Fisher will receive the Angel Award for her tireless work to advance health, equality, and justice

This fabulous gala meal will be prepared by LA’s renowned Angelini Osteria.

Additionally, there will be awards, agency highlights, celebrity guests, silent & live auction and a musical performance to be announced.

Saturday, September 23, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Project Angel Food Offices
922 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038

For more information about Project Angel Food, visit

Here’s a look at past galas:

Aviva Family and Children’s Services
The Platinum Associates Luncheon

Aviva logoAviva’s Platinum Associates is a dynamic group of highly-regarded individuals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local homeless women and children. Since its inception in 2001, Platinum Associates have raised more than $1.7 million in support of Aviva’s Programs.

Thursday, September 21, 2023
11:30 a.m.

Wilshire Country Club
301 N Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Tirado, Development Coordinator, at or 323-574-6580.

Downtown Women’s Center Career Fair

Interested in working for an organization making a difference in the heart of LA? Join DWC at the DWC Career Fair to learn more about working at the Downtown Women’s Center. DWC is innovators and problem-solvers who believe everyone can play a part in ending women’s homelessness in greater Los Angeles. You’ll fit in here if you’re a determined optimist with a heart for our values: safety, respect, stewardship, social justice, and community.

Downtown Women's Center logoCurrent openings include case manager, resident manager, registered nurse, housing navigator, specialist, and more!

To learn more and find the RSVP link, visit this page at You can also see job openings on that page. (Note: The RSVP form is in Microsoft 365.)

More details about the event will be sent to RSVP’d guests closer to the event.

Thursday, September 14, 2023
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Downtown Women’s Center
442 S San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Please note that parking will not be available on site but they will provide parking info.

14th annual Bel Air Affaire
Humor • Health • Happiness and The Hebrew University

AFHU logoIngenuity is our tradition.
Knowledge moves us.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is one of the world’s most distinguished academic and research institutions. The university is located in Israel, but its work transforms our global landscape. Its students, faculty, and alumni have won eight Nobel Prizes, developed treatments for diseases, and ignited innovation that has led to more than 10,750 patents. We think our founding fathers, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Weizmann, and Martin Buber would be quite proud.

14th annual Bel Air Affaire invitationThis evening raises funds for student scholarships to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s premier institution.

Featuring a performance by comedian Wendy Liebman.
Catering by Michelin Star chef, Curtis Stone.

Honoring Roberta and Stanley Bogen
with the 2023 Humanitarian Torch of Learning Award.

Saturday, September 9, 2023
6:00 p.m.

Papillon Estate
1014 N Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

To purchase or learn about tickets and Tribute Journal ads, please visit

Individual Ticket: $2,750
Young Professional Ticket (ages 21-40): $350

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution please visit:

For more information call our office at (310) 843-3100 or email

Women’s Voices Now Presents
With This Breath I Fly

We’re marking the 10-year anniversary of my late husband Leslie’s passing and to celebrate his legacy through the work of Women’s Voices Now, the women’s rights organization he founded in 2010.
~ Gina

We will view this year’s Leslie J. Sacks Grand Prize Winning Documentary Film Winner, “With this Breath I Fly” — the story of two courageous Afghan women fighting for their freedom against a patriarchal Afghan society determined to keep them bound to tribal culture.

Womens Voices Now 2023: With This Breath I Fly

Thursday, September 7, 2023
6:00 p.m. Doors Open and Reception
7:00 p.m. Program, Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker

James Bridge Theater, UCLA
235 Charles E. Young Dr. E
Los Angeles, CA 90095

If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the work of Women’s Voices Now and help us give tribute to Leslie’s life and philanthropic legacy. You can do so on this page.

Beverly Hills Chamber’s Summer Garden Party
Member Appreciation & Board Installation 2023

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce logoThe biggest networking event in Beverly Hills is the member-only Summer Garden Party in the heart of the Golden Triangle.
This world-class appreciation event honors the chamber’s distinguished member businesses and includes the induction of the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors in the presence of City officials and over 600 of Beverly Hills’ finest professionals.

Following the ceremony, enjoy the finest samplings from our best-in-class culinary and beverage sponsors while networking in the sunlight amid the tranquil gardens in true Beverly Hills style.

This event is for active member businesses of the Chamber. RSVP is required.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
5:00 p.m.

Beverly Canon Gardens
200 block of Canon Drive/Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA

For more information visit this page at

The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Awards

Global Women's Rights Awards logo

The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Awards are given annually to a select few individuals who have contributed greatly to advancing the rights of women and girls, and to increasing awareness of the injustices women face on account of their gender. This year’s event will salute the important work of our honorees in advancing women’s rights and defending democracy, here and around the world.

Join us to celebrate our honorees:
Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi
Dr. Ernest and Ona Marshall, Covington & Burling, LLP partners John Hall, James Garland and Julia Post
Dr. Sima Samar, Amed Khan, and Nazanin Boniadi
Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, Susan Grode, David Halberstadter and Melanie Tomanov

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Tickets start at $250.

Please visit this page for full info and tickets.

Lead with Love Live

Project Angel Food is happy to announce Lead with Love Live, our 4th annual Televised Special on KTLA 5.

We’ll be bringing our mission alive for two full hours and hope you will tune in to watch with us.Project Angelfood Lead With Love 2023 logo

Thanks to the help of our supporters, we now serve 1.5 million Medically Tailored Meals each year to the sickest of the sick in Los Angeles County. Our client services and army of delivery staff and volunteers combat isolation with love. These deliveries are proven to fight food insecurity and safeguard against experiencing homelessness. Ultimately, your dollars are doing so much more than providing meals they are giving our clients greater health and well-being.

Hosts Steven Weber and Jessica Holmes will be joined by an all-star cast including Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lily Tomlin, Carol Burnett, Kris Jenner, Cindy Crawford, Magic Johnson, and many more.

You will laugh, cry, and be filled with pride that your investment in us is paying off in incredible ways.

Saturday, June 24, 2023
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On TV at KTLA 5

If you’d like to make a bigger impact and have your name listed during the live show, you can make additional gifts at

Hollywood Under The Stars
benefiting St. Vincent Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a project close to Barbara’s heart. From 1982-2010, the American Wine and Food Festival event that Barbara helped build supported St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

This 2023 event will feature premier culinary & beverage offerings presented by L.A.’s top celebrity chefs and restaurants, with a spectacular program including live entertainment to benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

This year, the Daughters of Charity and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels will honor Martin Sheen, colorful actor and community activist, with the inaugural Vincent’s Heart Award.

Hollywood Under The Starts for Meals on WheelsSaturday, June 24, 2023
6:30 p.m.

Paramount Studios
Paramount Pictures backlot

Tickets start at $250

For more information and to purchase tickets visit
For Sponsorship & Donation information, contact:
Christine Calderon Caruso at 
(213) 484-7112 or

St Vincent Meals On Wheels logo

AbilityFirst™ Fundraiser

Join us to support creativity and a very important cause with a magnificent display of art, jewelry, and gemstones! AbilityFirst™ stands for, and alongside, people with developmental disabilities, and their families, providing a variety of programs designed to help them achieve their personal best throughout their lives.

Hosted by the Kazanjians, Jaclyn Smith, and Gail Bershon.
Hors d’oeuvres donated by
Barbara Lazaroff of Spago
Giorgio Sease of The Grill on the Alley
Dawn Lincoln & Kyriakos Curiacopoulos of AVRA

AbilityFirst logoWine & Champagne donated by
Cindy Martin of Boisset Collection
Nancy Garrison & Rob Cordes from Garrison Brothers Distillery

Showcasing art by
Stan Kazanjian & Janna Avner
A percentage of art sales will be donated to AbilityFirst

A book signing of
Whispers from Children’s Hearts with author Lisa Haisha

Thursday, June 22, 2023
4:00- 6:00 pm

Kazanjian Gem Gallery
320 N Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

To RSVP please email or call 310-246-2410
For more information about AbilityFirst, please visit

Father’s Day at Spago!
Spago Sunday Supper Club Featuring Crooner Sergio Valletti

Crooner Sergio Valletti and His 5-piece Band at Spago's Father's Day Supper ClubSpago transformed into an old-school Italian Supper Club to celebrate Dad.

World Class Crooner Sergio Valletti and His 5-piece Band set the tone as diners were transported to the late 1950’s.

3-Course Father’s Day Menu
Choose from chops & steaks, meatballs, charcuterie, octopus, classic Italian Pastas, Garlic Knots, and more.
Visit Chef Della’s Old Fashioned Bake shop with pies and cakes galore.
Add a seafood platter and your choice from our Martini Bar for the ultimate Dad day.

Sunday, June 18, 2023
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(Seatings every 15 minutes)

Spago's Father's Day 2023 Supper ClubSpago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

You can view details and purchase a reservation at

$175.00 per person
$75 (10 & under)
(Beverages not included)

You can learn more about Sergio Vellatti here.

The Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation logoThe Heart Foundation honors comedian, actor, impressionist, screenwriter, podcaster, and producer Dana Carvey with the Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award at an intimate evening event.

Musical entertainment by famed musician, songwriter, composer, producer, and recording artist David Foster and singer, songwriter, and actress Katharine McPhee.

Proceeds support The Heart Foundation’s mission to save lives from heart disease by increasing awareness, educating the public, and funding innovative research at Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai under the direction of world-renowned cardiologist, Dr. P.K. Shah, M.D.

Saturday, June 17, 2023
6:00 p.m.

The Maybourne
225 Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA

Tickets start at $1,000.00

For more information, visit this page at, call (818) 865-1100, or email

AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival 2023

AbilityFirst Food and Wine Festival logo for 2023AbilityFirst’s Annual Food & Wine Festival — celebrating the best in culinary delights, fine wine and cocktails. And this year, everyone involved is thankful to those who helped AbilityFirst Raise nearly $230,000!

Throughout its 97 years, AbilityFirst has worked to help children and adults with disabilities live a fuller life. Our person-centered programs empower individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential and successfully navigate each transition in life, including building social connections and independence; employment preparation, training and experience.

Sunday, June 11, 2023
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Historic Laurabelle A. Robinson House
Pasadena, California

Complimentary Valet Parking

For more information please contact Lana Mseryan, Director of Development, at
(626) 243-4852 or visit

AbilityFirst Food & Wine Festival 2023

Aviva LIFTING UP LA — A Night of Hope in Hollywood

Aviva LIFTING UP LA — A Night of Hope in Hollywood logoSaturday, June 3, 2023
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

AVALON Hollywood
1735 N. Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

Aviva logoIndividual Ticket: $400
Sponsor Ticket: $500
To purchase tickets and see other sponsorships available visit

To learn more about Aviva, please visit

Los Angeles Zoo’s Beastly Ball 2023

LA Zoo's Beastly Ball 2023 logoAn unforgettable evening of adventure and philanthropy, benefiting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. The “best party in town” returns with favorite L.A. eateries, special animal experiences, dazzling entertainment, an incredible silent auction, and more.

This is the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s largest and most important fundraiser of the year, bringing in critical support for our work on behalf of the Los Angeles Zoo and its efforts in wildlife conservation, public education, and creating innovative experiences to connect people with nature.

Hosted by:
actor and comedian Joel McHale

Beastly Ball Honoree:
Diann H. Kim
Betty White Conservation Hero Honoree: Tom LaBonge, posthumously

Saturday, June 3, 2023
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Enjoy extraordinary animal experiences, delectable fare from iconic L.A. eateries, dazzling entertainment, and silent auction
8:30 p.m. — Program
9:00 p.m. — Dancing, carousel rides, and more entertainment Late-night bites, desserts, and drinks

Los Angeles Zoo

Suggested Attire: Black and white with a pop of color! Comfortable footwear is encouraged.

For more information, please visit

Enjoy the official Beastly Ball 2023 video here (or at the LA Zoo site).

The Spring Beverly Hills Art Show

Beverly Hills art show 2023

This free show features art by artists from around the nation who showcase their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, glass, jewelry, drawing and printmaking.

Barbara attends most years and hopes to attend at some point this year. Barbara is a longtime supporter of independent artists. She has found and purchased many amazing pieces of art at the twice yearly show.

The show is four garden blocks in the center of the city of Beverly Hills. It will be brimming with 325 artists from throughout California, the Southwest and the rest of the country. All of the fine arts and crafts are original, ranging from the traditional to the very contemporary, and are represented by the artists themselves.

A Wine and Beer Garden, demonstrating artists, children’s activities, gourmet food trucks and several community exhibits can be found as well.
Admission is free.
This event takes place rain or shine!

Beverly Hills logoSaturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Beverly Gardens Park

For more information including parking information, and the show floor plan, please visit

Celebrate Mom with Spago’s All-Day Mother’s Day

Spago Beverly Hills wishes you a Happy Mothers DaySpago is excited to welcome families back to the Spago main dining room and charming courtyard patio to celebrate Mom.

For Mother’s Day, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant in the heart of Beverly Hills is featuring world-class live jazz by The Rachel Avalon Quartet direct from her Disney Concert Hall debut. These vintage-inspired velvet vocals will grace the day & evening to celebrate Mom.

Enjoy a delightful 4-course menu including:
Amuse by Chef de Cuisine Areg Avanessian Chef Della’s Pie & Cake Pop-up Shop

Sunday, May 14, 2023
Seatings from 12:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

$195 per person, $85 for children 10 & under.

You can view details and purchase a reservation at

Celebrate Mom with Spago's All-Day Mother's Day

Tower Cancer Research Foundation
Annual Tower of Hope Gala

Tower Cancer Research Foundation Annual Tower of Hope Gala 2023 logoThe Tower of Hope Gala is TCRF’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every dollar raised advances groundbreaking research and profoundly supports people affected by cancer.

Thursday, May 11, 2023
6:00 p.m.

Beverly Hilton Hotel – Wilshire Garden
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

Individual Tickets are $750.
Sponsorship begins at $3,000.

For more info about this gala fundraiser, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit this page.
For more about the Tower Cancer Research Foundation, visit

Hunger is Solvable: An Evening With No Kid Hungry


No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength logoThe Los Angeles No Kid Hungry Dinner celebrates the commitment of local leaders who make an impact for kids in need. The dinner provides a unique opportunity to connect and celebrate donors, program stakeholders, and culinary supporters for their commitment to ending childhood hunger. Barbara is one of the many sponsors.

The evening will feature a one-of-a-kind dining experience with some of the most extraordinary culinary talent in California.

Three amazing women who have all shared their strength with the world in unique and creative ways will be honored:

  • Alecia Moore, singer and songwriter known as P!nk
  • Alice Waters, chef, author, food activist, & founder of Chez Panisse
  • Sherry Yard, pastry chef, restaurateur, & cookbook author

The event also recognizes Corporate Champion Williams Sonoma, who has been a longtime corporate partner.

Thursday, April 27, 2023
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

Private Home in Los Angeles

Individual tickets are $750.
Sponsorship opportunities begin at $5,000.
If you have questions, contact Christina Donatelli at cdonatelli at or Kathleen Polenzani at kpolenzani at

American Friends of Sheba Medical Center
Cocktails in the Garden
celebrating Women of Achievement

American Friends of Sheba Medical Center Cocktails in the Garden celebrating Women of AchievementSheba Medical Center works to save lives and advance healthcare in Israel & around the world.

Featured Speaker: Professor Yael Peled, MD
Professor Peled is the Director of the Heart Transplant Service and Heart Failure Hospitalization Unit at Sheba Medical Center.

She is a national and international leader in near transplantation.

In Israel, she rewrote the rules for heart transplantation that resulted in a 50% increase in successful heart transplants nationally.

Internationally she is the first Israeli asked to sit on the Board of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation and is considered the foremost global expert in Covid, vaccines, and heart transplantation.

In memory of Chara Schreyer Z”L
Eldest daughter of Holocaust survivors Sala and Max Webb (long-time friends of Sheba Medical Center)

Sunday, April 23, 2023
5:00 p.m.

Held at a Private Home in Bel Air Crest

Cocktails and dinner will be served
Dietary laws observed
Dress is smart casual. Hats encouraged.

$300 individual
$500 couple
$180 for Sheba 2.0 Young Professionals

For tickets and more information visit this page.
Learn more about the American Friends of Sheba Medical Center.

Project Angel Food’s Circle of Angels
Garden Party

Barbara was on the host committee in 2019 for this annual event and was asked to return this year. However, she has conflicting plans this year.

Project Angel Food's Circle of Angels Garden PartyProject Angel Food prepares and delivers nutritious, Medically Tailored Meals to critically ill people who are often isolated and alone. These meals are not only saving lives and ending food insecurity, but with the hope and compassion that is part of our mission, we are bringing comfort and hope every day.

Circle of Angels members are the bedrock of support for Project Angel Food, providing a quarter of the more than One Million meals we deliver annually to clients impacted by serious illness. When you join Circle of Angels, you’re not just nourishing bodies—you’re nourishing souls.

This special event is Project Angel Food’s annual recognition event for Circle of Angels Members. Guests will be invited to join, renew, or increase their support.

Project Angel Food is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Hosted by Tim Robinson

Special Musical Performance by Platinum Recording Artist & American Idol Superstar
David Archuleta

Remarks by Project Angel Food’s CEO, Richard Ayoub

Live Auction by Gabriel Butu

Levels of support:
Platinum ($12,000+), Gold ($6,000-$11,999), Silver ($1,500-$5,999)

Sunday, April 23, 2023
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

This event is being held at a private home in Beverly Hills

Garden Party Attire
Valet Parking Available

Spago’s 39th Annual Seder
hosted by Barbara Lazaroff
benefiting Mazon, A Jewish Response To Hunger

Mazon logo

Barbara Lazaroff, co-founder and owner of the renowned Spago Beverly Hills restaurant, is holding her annual Passover Seder for the 39th consecutive year, on Thursday, April 6th 2023.

The event will once again benefit MAZON, The Jewish Response to Hunger, which is a global national working to end hunger among all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. The seder dinner raises funds that help families specifically in Los Angeles.

“I created this event at the original Spago in Hollywood when I realized there were others like me who felt detached from their families as life had become more fragmented,” Lazaroff said. “Over the years this festive event continues to be a heartfelt and delicious tradition that brings together guests of all ages and backgrounds.”

In addition to the spirited service led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir sings two specially prepared songs to start the evening. The Kings of Klezmer will also be performing lively folk music.

Chefs Areg Avanessian, Ari Rosenson and Pastry Chef Della Gossett and their talented staff prepare an exquisite menu of holiday specials.

Custom homemade gefilte fish, chicken and vegetable matzah ball soup, roasted wild Alaskan King Salmon, braised Beef Short Rib “Flanken,” Vegetable Ratatouille & roasted Moroccan Carrots, and the now famous Spago oven baked Matzah.
Chef Della’s gorgeous dessert buffet ranges from Matzah Toffee, Fromage Blanc Cheesecake, Passover Puffs with Caramel Sauce, sorbet, a variety of fresh fruit and more.
Each guest also receives Spago’s unique oven-baked Matzah and Macaroons packaged to-go!

Michael Young wine director of Taub Family wines will provide a selection of the finest Israeli wines whose vines date back 3000 years.

Every year people of varied cultures and religions attend the Seder Festivities where they get a sophisticated introduction to Jewish cuisine and customs. “I feel if you share your traditions and celebrations with all, it fosters tolerance, greater harmony and a closer understanding among all people, dispelling the idea of ‘the other’ and creating commonality as we support food challenged families in LA.”  Lazaroff added.

If you’re curious about the event you can see a video here on Barbara’s Instagram page at Or you can read this article in the Beverly Hills Courier, Spago Seder to Serve Memorable Passover Experience.

Here’s an article about this 2023 Seder in the Beverly Hills Courier: Spago Seder Delights Nearly 300 Guests in Beverly Hills.

Thursday, April 6, 2023
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Service begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

This year’s Seder sold out and closed for reservations quickly. Space in Spago was maxed out until no more tables could be added. Barbara looks forward to seeing you at next year’s Seder if it’s of interest to you.

Tickets are $250 per adult and $90 per child (12 and under). Guests were able to reserve by calling Taher at Spago at 310-385-0880 or booking online at

Spago's Passover Seder Matzoh

C-CAP National Benefit

The most beloved annual food fundraiser in NYC! Barbara won’t be able to attend this year as it is just days before her Spago Beverly Hills Seder but she’ll be there in spirit.C-CAP National Benefit 2023 logo

Get into The New York Plate of Mind as we bring together a wide range of supporters in our industry—the best chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, craft beverage producers, winemakers, food entrepreneurs, and more—for an incredible walk-around food-and-drink tasting.

Feast on signature dishes from:
Tom Colicchio’s Vallata, Kwame Onwuachi’s Tatiana, Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, Hillary Sterling’s Ci Siamo, Chintan Pandya’s Dhamaka, Melba Wilson’s Melba’s, Sohui Kim’s Gage & Tollner’s, Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud, Mary Attea’s the Musket Room, Markus Glocker’s Kolomon, Rocco DiSpirito’s Made by Rocco, and many more!

It’s also an opportunity to learn more about our mission and impact, mingle with the best and brightest in the food industry, and connect with our talented community of C-CAP students and alumni.

The National Benefit raises critical funds for our organization, supporting our continued programming in hundreds of high schools, and the 20,000+ students we work with every year.

Hosted by C-CAP’s co-chair chef Marcus Samuelsson, this year’s benefit honors Restaurant Associate’s CEO, Chef Ed Brown and is chaired by Warren Thompson, President and Chairman of Thompson Hospitality Corporation.

Monday, April 3, 2023
5:45 p.m. (VIP)
6:30 p.m. (General Admission)

Pier Sixty
Chelsea Piers
NYC, New York

Please come dressed in “business smart”—suits, cocktail dresses, blazers, and formal footwear.

You can see more information and purchase tickets here.

Barbara appears on Will Knox – Mr Restaurant

Mr Restaurant Will Knox' logoBarbara joined Will Knox on his Mr. Restaurant radio show and podcast.

About the show:
Renowned restaurant real estate specialist, Will Knox,  serves up a fresh look at the restaurant business. On the menu: Celebrity chefs. Start-ups. Operators. Deal makers. Designers. And those are just some of the appetizers. Mr. Restaurant is a segment of The Jeremiah Show.

Will and Barbara go way back… he’s the real estate broker who found the original Spago location. They certainly have plenty to talk about. So as we move into April, Barbara is the main course, talking about life and business and whatever else they speak of.

Mr Restaurant radio show interview with Barbara Lazaroff.

The program was recorded on
Thursday, March 30, 2023
It aired on several on-air radio stations, including Somerset, England.
You can listen to it at your leisure here at Apple podcasts or watch the recording of the interview on YouTube at

Leeza’s Care Connection presents “Starry Night” Senior Prom logo

Leeza’s Care Connection
presents “Starry Night” Senior Prom

Hors d’oeuvres, Drinks, Dancing
From High School seniors to Senior Citizens and everyone in between, get ready to relive your prom night or make new memories!

You can come alone or ask your favorite person to join you, shine your shoes, or tie up your sneakers and enjoy a night under the stars.

  • Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music and dancing under the stars.
  • You are welcome to dress up or down, it will be a night to remember either way!
  • 100% of proceeds benefit the mission of Leeza’s Care Connection — to help families cope with chronic illness through tips, strategies and support.

Many of our senior citizens have never attended prom or can’t afford it. We invite you to “Send A Senior” to prom.

Prom Ticket: $75
Send a Senior Prom Ticket: $75
WIS Prom Ticket: $30
Table Sponsor (8 guests): $1,500

Thursday, March 23, 2023
7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Special Private Party Reception for Sponsors starting at 6:15 p.m.

The Gala Event Center
1801 Bush River Rd
Columbia, SC 29210

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit
Or write to:

26th Annual West Hollywood
Women In Leadership Awards & Reception

26th Annual West Hollywood Women In Leadership Awards & Reception logoYou are cordially invited to join the City of West Hollywood, its Women’s Advisory Board, and the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this West Hollywood Women In Leadership Awards & Reception

Barbara has a scheduling conflict so won’t be able to attend but is a supporter of Catherine Gray and her She Angels Investors, one of the honorees. In fact, Barbara was a She Angel Investor in the past.

Enjoy appetizers, sweets, and complimentary wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

This reception is generously hosted by the Andaz West Hollywood. Your $25 goes to benefit the City of West Hollywood Youth Scholarship Program

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Andaz West Hollywood
8401 Sunset Boulevard (on the Sunset Strip)
West Hollywood, California  90069

For more information visit or phone (323) 848-6823

Onsite Parking $15

Byron Allen’s 5th Annual Oscar Night Gala Fundraiser
Benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Byron Allen, founder/CEO of Entertainment Studios and owner of theGrio, brings some of the best industry LA illuminates together to celebrate the Academy Awards while supporting Children’s Hospital LA in a big way. Barbara, having supported Children’s Hospital LA through donations over the years and been a guest on some of Allen’s productions, joined these live 95th Annual Academy Awards festivities.

Adding to the Oscar night glamour, nonother than legendary singer Diana Ross performed in person! The gala raised $1.5 million for CHLA. (Note: the 4th Annual was held in 2020.)

MC: Howie Mandell
Live performance by Diana Ross
Auction for CHLA by Byron Allen and Howie Mandel

Sunday, March 12, 2023
3:30 p.m. Byron Allen’s Oscar Red Carpet & Cocktail Reception
5:00 p.m. Byron Allen’s Oscar Dinner & Viewing

Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

To learn more about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, visit the CHLA website at

Hospitality Design Summit 2023

H.D. Summit logoHD Summit, presented by Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, is the industry’s only networking conference focused on ideas outside hospitality.

For over two decades, hospitality design leaders have placed their faith in the HD Summit for ideas, wisdom, insight, and connections. And Barbara again plans to attend.

HD Summit is about one thing: People

There’s never enough time to listen and engage in a hyper-speed world. Reconnect with people we know. Introduce ourselves to new ones. Carve three days out of 365 to connect, person to person.

The HD Summit reengages us, recharges our spirits, and rekindles relationships.

From all walks of our industry. Leader to leader. To gain inspiration from unlikely sources. To rethink. To meet. To engage. To share.

Most of all, you build relationships; we all want to do business with people we know and trust.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, California 92260

Wednesday, March 8 through Friday, March 10, 2023

For more information, to see videos of past sessions, and to register, please visit
For the full agenda visit this page.

Valentine’s Day Dinner
at Spago’s One-night-only Supper Club

Spago Beverly Hills Valentine's Day graphicSpago was transformed into an elegant supper club featuring Verve Recording Artist Brenna Whitaker — Hollywood’s Jazz and Blues siren — and her 7-piece band.

Guests celebrated with Spago’s delectable dinner and desserts by Executive Chef Ari Rosenson and Executive Pastry Chef Della Gossett.

Brenna Whitaker, with her larger-than-life stage presence and haunting vocals, is a beacon for jazz aficionados, attracting seasoned entertainers, such as Quincy Jones and David Foster who produced her debut self-titled album.

Guests had a choice of three different experiences:

  • VIP Patio Experience
    Dine at your exclusive patio table and enjoy access to the live entertainment at your leisure.
    Four-course Selection Tasting Menu Plus Amuse
    Includes Sumptuous Seafood Platter
    Intimate Patio Seating
    $295 per person
  • Showroom Experience — closest to the entertainment
    Three-course Selection Tasting Menu Plus Amuse
    World Class Dinner Show
    $275 Per Person
  • Main Dining Room Experience (quieter)
    Three-course Selection Menu Plus Amuse
    $250 per person

Available upgrades: Caviar, Oysters and other aphrodisiacs

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Seatings are offered from 5:00 – 10:30 p.m. 2-hour per table

Spago Beverly Hills
176 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

<!– Reservations can be made at
Tickets are pre-sold only and are non-refundable.
Beverage, tax, gratuity & supplements not included.—->

Chinois on Main logo

Ring in the Chinese New Year with style
at Chinois on Main!

The Rabbit symbolizes patience and luck. This suggests that the Year of the Rabbit 2023 will bring qualities that may have been lacking in the previous year, such as peace and success. op on board with Chinois on Main as we bring in the Year of the Rabbit with a feast for the senses.

Logo for Chinese New Year at Chinois On Main in Santa Monica, Los AngelesOur special menu and unique XOJU cocktails will tantalize your taste buds, while our lively entertainment and talented dancers will keep you hopping all night long.
Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience.

Sunday, January 22, 2023
Monday, January 23, 2023

Chinois on Main
2709 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Blue Fin Tuna, Hamachi, Salmon, Ama Ebi

Dim Sum
Assorted Potstickers, Peking Duck Spring Rolls,
Baby Pork Ribs

Steamed Sea Bass
Steamed Sea Bass Wrapped in Napa Cabbage,
Fine Julienne of Ginger, Scallions in Warm Ponzu
Spicy Duck Fried Rice

Maine Lobster
Double Cooked Maine Lobster with Bob Choy,
Rock Shrimp and Garlic in a Black Bean Sauce,
Long Life Noodles

Kurobuta Pork
5 Spices Kurobuta Pork Loin with Haricot Verts
in Red Wine Citrus Sauce

to ensure the coming year will be sweet

$185 (Menu only)
(Tax, tip, and beverage not included)

Chase the rabbit down the hole with our amazing XOJU cocktails
and the hoppity hop with our dancers
Call for seatings, specifics, and to reserve your spot: 310-392-9025