(The following is from a press release)
Local businesses, community leaders and residents from Hidden Hills to Westlake Village will celebrate the fifth annual The Event in support of the Las Virgenes Unified School District and its education foundation, The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools, on Saturday, May 21, at the Calabasas Civic Center from 5-11 p.m. The evening’s festivities will include tastings from premier, local restaurants like The Six, La Plata, Olio e Limone Ristorante of Westlake Village and Geoffrey’s of Malibu as well as local wineries and craft breweries, a silent and live auction, live music and dancing.
Located in the heart of Calabasas, the Calabasas Civic Center will be transformed into a sophisticated block party under the stars featuring chic dining and lounge areas throughout the gorgeous courtyard and tree-lined streets. Event sponsors include Bob Smith BMW, Polacheck’s Jewelers, Barry’s Tickets, A Rental Connection, Brent’s Deli, XXIV Productions and The Academy of Country Music.
The evening, emceed by actor Jerry O’Connell, will culminate with a live concert performance by the Pine Mountain Logs (aka Venice) that will have guests dancing in the street. Jen Levinson and Evelina Christopherson will serve as co-chairs of the evening.
“I love The Event because it brings our entire community together unlike any other event,” said Deanna Glassberg, The Foundation president. “Many of us moved here for the schools and when I see so many parents, community members, and local businesses coming out to support our kids and our schools it’s truly remarkable.”
A new component of the event is a farm-to-table tasting in which dishes will be created by executive chefs using donated produce from local farms with the help of Tender Greens Topanga Village and Weiser Family Farms, Pedaler’s Fork and Le Pain Quotidien. “Building a business partnership between the restaurants and farmers promotes and sustains the local economy. Food that is purchased directly from a local farm hasn’t spent time in a processing plant or on a truck for shipment and that savings stays within the community, which in turn directly supports the business.”said Evelina Christopherson, The Event producer and co-chair. “The fact that we have some of the best chefs and farmers participating and that the farm-to-table component is being so well received, shows how environmentally conscious our community is.”
This year’s event will be Certified Zero Waste. The goal of a zero waste event is to divert as much waste from landfills as possible by partnering with sponsors and vendors to ensure that all distributed materials and products are recyclable, compostable or reusable. The sustainable production includes the use of compostable leaf plates and wood flatware. A Zero Waste Station will educate guests as they dispose items either into compost or recycling bins.
This event is an initiative focused on bringing together a diverse group of community influencers for one night in the name of the local public schools. All of the proceeds from The Event will benefit The Foundation for Las Virgenes School. The funds have helped manage class sizes and strengthened the counseling program at all 16 schools in the district. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and tables and individual tickets are on sale now. For more information about The Event please visit www.TheEventParty.Org.
About The Foundation
The Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools was created in December 2010 in response to the continuous decline of California’s funding of public education. Its mission is to unite businesses, corporations and residents throughout the community to provide sustainable and consistent funding directly to the 16 public schools in the Las Virgenes Unified School District.