Category Archives: Non-Profit

Bono sings for Mario Batali’s Supper

Chef Mario Batali wants to cook you the #BestMealEver…and Bono wants to sing for his supper…


In the greatest culinary  journey to date, Bono makes a rare appearance on Instagram to promote Mario Batali’s cooking lesson on – part of (RED)’s EAT (RED). DRINK (RED) to SAVE LIVES for an AIDS free generation.

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In short, Mario’s helping to raise a lot of dough for a cause that’s very dear to his heart – a cause that he calls one of the greatest challenges of our time – the fight against AIDS.  So, Mario and are offering one lucky foodie the chance to see their culinary dreams come true. And making the contest truly sweet is that each $10 ticket entry helps fight AIDS and save lives by helping to provide HIV+ pregnant women access to the lifesaving medication they heed to ensure that their children are born HIV free.

The contest is part of this June’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign to #86AIDS, spearheaded by Mario Batali.  The term “86” is food industry lingo for something no longer being available.  It’s ‘nixed’!  And that is what Mario, Omaze and a team of some of the biggest names in food are working for on the anniversary month of June in which AIDS was discovered 33 years ago – to help ‘86 AIDS’.

From June 1- June 10th, hundreds of restaurants, food trucks, bars and food markets worldwide are adding a (RED) item to their menus and making donations to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.  Learn more about the campaign at RED.ORG.

Singing to promote a supper experience like no other, the video promotes a once-in-a-lifetime cooking experience with Mario Batali, currently running as part of a competition on

For ten dollars, anyone can enter, with proceeds going to fight AIDS. The randomly chosen winner will be flown to New York to cook, and eat, with Mario Batali.  Mario in turn released a new video in which he marvels at the delicious details of the experience.

#BestMealEver   #86AIDS


“Will You Marrow Me?” The San Gennaro Feast in Hollywood Starts Today!

Tea Cups at the San Gennaro Feast Hollywood

Thursday, September 26th  was the first night of the 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. The evening’s fundraiser was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla with Mark DeCarlo Master of Ceremonies, and featured songs from the San Remo Music Festival and “That’s Amore! An Italian American Songbook.”

Kicking off October’s Italian Heritage Month, Hollywood will be celebrating everything it means to be Italian, the festival Officially opens in Hollywood to the public starting today from September 27–29, 2013 from 11:00am to 11:00pm. 

Located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.

General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free.

All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including:

  • feastA “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend. 
  • ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients.
  • Blood Drive for City of HopeCedars SinaiChildren’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.
  • A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.
  • And there will be so much more!

For more information about the Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit or call (818) 508-0082.

WE Connect on Thursday May 23rd


Mix, Mingle,  and Ignite Entrepreneurship for women While Supporting A Good Cause

Tweet it!  Hashtag:#WEConnect13

Up and coming professionals throughout Los Angeles will gather for one night of celebrating and supporting women entrepreneurship in the heart of the city.  Held at the hub of startups, ROC Santa Monica, WE Connect will combine networking, boutique shopping and beauty and massage stations while benefiting the charitable programs of

Women Empowered.

A unique non-profit organization, Women Empowered has been inspiring women throughout greater Los Angeles since 2008. Expand your networks with like-minded individuals who are dedicated to women’s development, personal growth and the strength of formidable connections. Support women entrepreneurship by visiting our exhibitor lounge – filled with local women business owners with established products and services.  10% of all the evening’s proceeds will go back to Women Empowered.WOMEN EMPOWERED LOGO

Be inspired by renowned keynote speaker, Reba Merrill , Celebrity Journalist, Author & Entrepreneur. Having interviewed hundreds of Hollywood’s hottest stars from Whitney Houston , to Tom Cruise , to Cher, Reba will share her story of making a name for herself in a male dominated industry in an untouchable career that spanned decades.

Music provided by the “silky” blends of female DJ, Dyla, who will spin her magic throughout the evening. Another shining star in a male driven industry, this rising female DJ, remixer, and producer delivers with some of the hottest electronic dance music on the scene. The first 60 guests will receive a fabulous VIP Swag Bag, and lucky raffle winner will receive a free Kindle Fire. Enjoy cocktails and delicious tapas in a trendy atmosphere while supporting a good cause.

When: Thursday, May 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: ROC Santa Monica, 604 Arizona, Santa Monica, CA
Guests: Professional women and men throughout Greater Los Angeles

buy ticketsWomen Empowered is excited to partner with LA professionals who share adesire for empowerment in an innovative setting. Tickets and more information are available by clicking the tickets link.

Sponsors include: Microsoft, resource Natural Spring Water, O.P.I, Pure Barre, Ms. Magazine, OM Organic Mixology, Rosenthal – The Malibu  Estate, LaLicious, Yummy Dutchy, Nail Garden , Pretzel Crisps, Savour This Moment, Shades of Color African American Gifts and Hana Clegg Photography.

About Women Empowered:
Women Empowered  is an organization that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, and inspires them to give back to their communities through mentorship, networking and volunteerism.

Check out their Social Sites: (Facebook)(Twitter)(Pinterest)(YouTube

Hashtag: #WEConnect13

Food Tank: A Better Way To Feed The World

Food TankThere’s no doubt that the food system is broken. More than 1 billion people are overweight or obese, nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night, and at least 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

We can find ways to solve these problems, though. Solutions are out there–in fields, in kitchens, and in board rooms all over the world. And you are a big part of those solutions.

“Fixing the system requires CHANGE conversation.”

If we start now, there is an opportunity to develop a better vision for the global food system. We need to change the conversation and find ways to make food production—and consumption—more economically, environmentally, and socially just and sustainable.
Less than a week from today, Ellen Gustafson, the co-founder of FEED and the founder of the 30 Project and Danielle Nierenberg will be launching Food Tank: The Food Think Tank: a bold new voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, stemming the tide of obesity, and improving nutrition.
Food Tank.2Food Tank’s goal is to be a clearing house and community to inform, share, and scale up innovations that are helping alleviate hunger and poverty while also protecting the environment. Their goal is to  help connect producers and consumers, policy-makers and activists, and farmers and eaters in vital ways, offer original research, share stories of success and impact, and propose innovative solutions of what’s working on the ground.
Throughout 2013 Food Tank will be actively traveling and touring–listening to you talk about the innovations that are working in YOUR communities. They want to involve YOU in this process as much as possible.
You can connect with them right now on social media–Food Tank is already live on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and YouTube.
Food Tank Danielle & Ellen

H & M Back to School Clothing Drive Benefit

Fashion Forward … Shopping for a good cause…

H&M just announced a back to school clothing drive to benefit Good360.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, August 12th, customers who donate gently worn kids clothes at one of H&M’s children’s locations will receive 15% off their purchase from H&M’s new uniform collection.  In turn, all garments received will be donated to Good360, the national nonprofit with nearly 30 years of experience in redistributing donations from retailers to an expansive charitable network serving millions of people in need.

Kicking off the back to school season is the new uniform collection, a full line of preppy basics starting at $7.95.  The collection includes forty pieces that can be paired as separates or styled together to create a school uniform look – polos, cardigans, and blazers in classic navy, grey, and white, paired with khaki’s for boys or pleated skirts and jumpers for girls.  There are even accessories!

Kickstart the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival and Support Your Local Arts Community

Watch the video hosted by Hollywood Fringe Festival Director, Ben Hill, by clicking here. This link will also take you directly to the Kickstarter page.

This June hundreds of artists from all over the world converge on Hollywood for two weeks of shows, laughter and merriment at the third annual Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Countless mysteries lurk around every corner; shows that tickle, entertain, challenge, enlighten and overwhelm. Simply put, the biggest arts celebration in the West.
As we strive to improve the Fringe year over year, the expense of spectacle, mirth, and promotion weigh heavily on our financial resources. With costs rising and avenues for institutional funding shrinking, the sad truth is that the Fringe could disappear without your help.  And so we ask you – humbly, earnestly, and urgently – to reach into your pocket to support the Hollywood Fringe.  We need you more than ever. We have partnered with to raise an ambitious $20,000 for this year’s festival. If we reach that goal, the funds are released. If we don’t reach it, we get nothing (and you pay nothing).  CLICK HERE to sponsor the Hollywood Fringe Festival (make sure to check out the video on that page for more details).
When the founders began this venture over 5 years ago, we had no idea this artistic movement would generate so much excitement in the global arts community. Our first year alone attracted over 170 artistic groups. We were blown away when our second year brought more than 200.
This year, our sights are set even higher.  We are launching new programs for standup comedy, music, students, internships, and environmental sustainability. Our central gathering point is a beautiful (some might say ‘epic’) two-storied complex with multiple stages, a concierge station, student and family events and lots of space for the community to gather, plan and converse.  It goes without saying that these initiatives come at great expense and sometimes the breadth of our ambition overtakes the availability of our resources.
We are a nonprofit which means we seek a percentage of our operating money from good people like you; those that understand that access to culture is critically important to our society and our community.  We know times are tight and all of us are counting our pennies; truly any amount, large or small, can make a huge difference.
Please consider helping a cause that matters to all of us.  A world without art is a cold place.  For a few weeks a year, the Fringe warms us up.  We want to keep it that way.
Kindest Regards,
Ben Hill, Executive Director
Hollywood Fringe 2012
Visit our Kickstarter Campaign to sponsor us today
Learn more about the Fringe at
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There’s Still Time To Dine-Out-For-Charity in May!

Each time you dine out at 10,000+ restaurants, a donation will go to your favorite charity!

New Yorkers Click Here to Find Restaurants in Your Area:

Angelenos Click Here to Find Restaurants in Hollywood:

Saving the environment, helping homeless animals, finding a cure for cancer, buying books for schools….people across the country will be doing all of these things and more each time they dine out at one of 10,000+ restaurants this May.  May 2012 is the first ever National Dine-Out-for-Charity month.

Here’s how it works: includes 10,000+ restaurants across the country that will donate 3.5% or 6% (depending on how often you dine out) of the diner’s bill, including tax and tip, back to the charity or school of the diner’s choice.  Yes, that’s any charity or school the diner chooses from GoodDining’s list of over 105,000 – whether that be a large national organization like The American Red Cross or a local cause like a neighborhood dog rescue or homeless shelter.  We can provide you with a list of participating restaurants and nonprofits in your area!

 And, in celebration of National Dine out for Charity Month, users that sign up in May and spend $30 at a participating restaurant within 60 days of signing up, will earn a $5 bonus donation for their favorite cause. This is in addition to earning a donation of up to 6% of their bill year-round.

This is an incredibly simple and free way for people to support a cause that is close to their heart.  Diners simply visit to register and choose the organization they’d like to support. Then they dine at one of the participating restaurants, bars and clubs. When they pay with their registered card at the participating restaurants, the donation is automatically made.

So, if you’’re going out with your spouse for a nice dinner, grabbing pizza with the kids, getting some drinks after work, you could be helping to make this world a better place by supporting a cause you care about at the same time.

GoodDining is a new product from, a company that partners with over 105,000 charities and schools to enable people to change the world through simple everyday actions like searching the web (powered by Yahoo), shopping online (over 2,500 stores nationwide), and now dining out. The GoodDining program was built in partnership with Rewards NetworkSM, a leading provider of restaurant marketing services and dining rewards programs for major frequent flyer programs and other affinity organizations.

So, please go enjoy a meal during National Dine out for Charity Month in May ‘12 and help the cause that is closest to your heart.


AXIOM CONTEMPORARY GALLERY in Santa Monica, CA merges                     ART & LIFE —  in the most powerful way.





2801 MAIN STREET, SANTA MONICA, CA 90405 (map)

8899 BEVERLY BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90048 (map)


STOKED-Logo Proceeds of sales from the show will go to Stoked Mentoring, an organization that promotes personal development, academic achievement, and healthy living to under-served youth through
action sports culture.

Thank you for helping GiaMedia3 and Private Ballet Los Angeles Support The Los Angeles Youth Network

Ending Homelessness One Kid At A Time - Good until 12/31/2010

Los Angeles Youth Network Anniversary Hollywood Gala

LAYN’s 25th Anniversary Hollywood Gala

As we enter our 25th year of service to the community, we hope you will join us as we celebrate this milestone and the outstanding community partners who have made our work possible. Please support our mission at our Hollywood Gala on June 10th, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. 

You can be part of the celebration!

6:00 pm
Live Jazz, Cocktails & Silent Auction

7:00 pm
Dinner, Dancing & Program

Cocktail Attire
Tickets held at door

For more event details, press kits or sponsorship information, call Allison Fuller at 323.467.8466
or visit

Download our sponsorship sheet here: GALA SPONSOR

Donate to our Silent Auction here: SILENT AUCTION DONATION

Purchase Tickets Here

As we enter our 25th year of service to the community, LAYN will celebrate the success of our programs and the outstanding community partners who have made our work possible at our Los Angeles Youth Network Hollywood Gala on June 10th, 2010 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

We are proud to honor three outstanding community partners:

Legacy Award - Gensler Architecture & Design

Gensler is a global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm. Through its gServe community service initiative, Gensler’s six-office Southwest Region draws on its staff and industry relationships to partner with nonprofit organizations and give back to the communities in which it works.

Visionart Award - Dr. Lisa Newell

Dr. Lisa Newell is a veterinarian who transformed her love of animals into a lifetime of philanthropic endeavors. A member of the State Veterinary Medical Board, Lisa is an inspirational Board Member for LAYN, the California Wildlife Center and serves on the advisory board for K9 Connection.

Vanguard Award - StandUp For Kids

StandUp for Kids is a nationwide agency working to end youth homelessness. StandUp For Kids carries out their mission through volunteers who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives. 

25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Copyright © 2010 Los Angeles Youth Network. All Rights Reserved.

Fairfax Business Association of Los Angeles Appoints GiaMedia3 As New Brand Strategist

The Fairfax Business Association of Los Angeles, has appointed public relations agency GiaMedia3 as part of its re-organization campaign to attract new membership and highlight Fairfax Village as an urban destination.  

The Fairfax Business Association is a non-profit volunteer-run organization. Formed initially for the purpose of beautifying Fairfax Avenue and the Fairfax Village, the FBA is now spearheading a campaign to unify local merchants and residents alike, who represent a cultural cross-section of Los Angeles including historic Jewish delis, bakeries, and kosher stores alongside, new cutting edge street boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. Adjacent are such regional landmarks as the historic Los Angeles Farmers Market, The Grove, CBS Television, the LA County Museum and the celebrated Fairfax High School.

The FBA is looking to GiaMedia3 to help re-brand itself and create a unique identity for its operations going forward which ultimately will stimulate and support the Fairfax Village area as a bustling community hotspot.

GiaMedia3 is a boutique micro-branding, marketing and public relations company based in Los Angeles,CA which handles up and coming artists, photographers, filmmakers and designers amongst its roster of clients.


Adventures in LA: Fairfax Avenue

After meeting Joyce Kleifield, I knew I had met my match.  A powerhouse full of energy and ideas.  Organized and plain smart.  I instantaneously adored her.  Finally, someone enthusiastically on the same page.  She just got it immediately.

What do I mean by “get it” you ask?  Well, ok, let’s go back to the beginning. 

I recently got an offer to help out the Fairfax Business Association re-do it’s website, brand and marketing.  Like the avenue itself, the FBA is in need of a re-vitalization.  Joyce is the Association’s Chairperson.

It’s a terrific project!  Old meets new. Vintage meets modern.  Urban and community.  A walking section of the enormously “pocketed” city of Los Angeles that is a virtually unknown cultural hub. — Of course not by the time I am through.

Listening to Joyce was a breath of fresh air.  She spoke about her two brilliant sons, sans bragging.  One of which had done all of the original photography for the current website.  We are keeping all of it – it’s soooo good.  The other a budding teen filmmaker.  It is Hollywood after all.  And then began to communicate the enormity of the Fairfax undertaking.  For many years now Joyce and very few others have been shouldering the burden of trying to organize the various landlords, businesses and citizens of the surrounding area in banding together to maintain cleaner streets, street lamps, increase garbage pickup and more.  The new beautifully landscaped North Fairfax median is completely due to her dedication and the generous support of resident liason Robert McCray.  It is the coup de gras of the current campaign.  But nothing lasts forever without maintainence.  And so it is left for these two fellows, as it were, to continue burgeoning on finding ever more resources and grants. 

 Joyce had just returned from the Melrose Association’s meeting with flyers, brochures and a notebook of handwritten information.  I could see why she was in such demand as a fundraiser.  She is tenacious and accurate.  It was enough to almost make me feel unprepared for our meeting.  Almost.  I was, in fact, armed.

Simple straitforward notes dense with strategy and best of all a demo website brilliantly provided in under an hour by my creative partner, Michael Cornell of Semplice Pictures.  She gushed.  Help had arrived.

In the weeks and months to come this will provide the brand(ed) new launching pad to finally attracting  desperately needed community support, getting Fairfax Avenue back in the limelight as an LA destination.  And with so much to discover from Willoughby to Wilshire, it’s just the kind of urban adventure I have been dying to embark upon.

Starting next Monday — lunch at Cantors!  YUM!!!!