Some of the best parties in Los Angeles are fundraisers, which range from big festivals for a small fee to intimate events with a hefty price tag. Aside from the constant stream of walkathons, events tend to be centered around food, alcohol and music. Yes, you might have your heartstrings tugged and be inspired by the work done by the benefiting charity, but if you're visiting Los Angeles, it's a great way to meet the locals and possibly do a little celebrity spotting for a good cause.
Here are a few ways to party for good in LA.
The LAWineFest, benefiting Make a Wish Foundation, will take place May 31 - June 1, 2014 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. In addition to wine tasting and education, there are restaurant booths, food trucks and vendor booths. $85, $1530/couple, Designated driver $25 www.LAWineFest.com
Also June 1, 2014 is Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation food and wine event in Culver City, part of a national effort to stamp out child hunger in America. LA's top chefs and celebrity fans show out in force for this event. $110+ http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-los-angeles. There is also a Taste of the Nation event in Laguna Beach on June 8, 2014.
The non-profit Walk With Sally, which provides mentors to children who have lost a parent to cancer, is hosting their annual star-studded White Light White Night Gala July 19, 2014 at a location yet to be announced. www.walkwithsally.org