Giving Back: Your L.A. roundup of Charitable Organization

Already synonymous with the Holiday season is the urge to give back.  With November being the start of our season of giving, we present to you some of L.A’s charitable organizations to lend a helping hand to.

Rodeo Realty’s Betty Galvan Host Blood Drive


MALIBU, CA – May 6 – Luna Simon, Willa Simon, Katie Flynn and Jane Seymour attend Open Hearts Foundation 2018 Young Hearts Spring Event on May 6th 2018 at Private Residence in Malibu, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer Photography)

Jane Seymour and daughter Katie Flynn carry on a legacy of community giving.

“If you can find a way to help somebody else, it’ll take you out of your own cycle of challenges, so you can find a purpose and impact others,” says Jane Seymour, OBE, and Emmy Award-winning actress, of her Open Hearts Foundation, a social impact accelerator providing resources and tools to nonprofits. Seymour passed along the legacy of giving to her daughter, Katie Flynn, who co-founded Young Hearts with friends Ella Freyinger and Adee Zach. An auxiliary branch of Open Hearts, Young Hearts aims to support young philanthropists.


HOLA-Hearts of Los Angeles

Quinn Ezralow is committed to improving quality of life for all Angelenos.

Co-chair of LACMA’s Director’s Circle, third-generation Angeleno Quinn Ezralow is passionate about giving back to L.A. “I hope to improve lifestyle, health and education for anybody and everyone in the Los Angeles area,” she says of her work with a variety of charities, from the Junior League of Los Angeles to USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to Heart of Los Angeles, the latter of which provides over 3,500 underserved youth with nurturing programs in academics, arts and athletics. HOLA is currently partnering with the Department of Recreation and Parks to build the environmentally friendly HOLA Arts and Recreation Center, where the Ezralow Family Pavilion will boast an indoor-outdoor multifunctional performance space.


Earth Echo International

Conservationists Philippe Cousteau and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau raise environmental awareness.

Grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau grew up with adventure in his bones. “My grandfather pioneered the environmental movement of the 20th century,” says Philippe. In addition to their conservation work and a forthcoming documentary on the future of Earth’s oceans, Philippe works with EarthEcho, founded in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr. The group seeks to bring youth awareness and activism to the conservation movement.


CAM-Community Academic Mentoring

CBS executive Catrice Monson is passionate about community outreach, helping others and… candy.

As senior vice president of corporate diversity and inclusion at CBS, Catrice Monson holds a critical role: helping attract a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive work environment. “It allows me to combine community outreach and my passion for working with people,” she says. That passion was instilled in Monson by her family. “Community, public service and caring for others was part of my DNA from the beginning,” she explains. Today, her nonprofit, Community Academics Mentoring emphasizes the importance of education, advocacy and outreach for the underrepresented. “My dad originally started a nonprofit called NEED, which focused on low-income housing and education,” she explains.


EIF-Entertainment Industry Foundation

New EIF CEO Nicole Sexton brings fresh ideas to a charitable Hollywood powerhouse.

Marking its 75th anniversary this year, Entertainment Industry Foundation has raised over $1 billion for health, educational and social issues by harnessing the power of celebrity to raise awareness and funds. EIF’s VP of development and corporate relations, Tracy Paul—whose company Tracy Paul & Company Inc. is a strategic alliance partner with EIF—adds, “EIF serves as a gateway to giving for the entertainment industry.” The depth and breadth of EIF’s reach means they’re behind powerhouse programs like Stand Up to Cancer, Hunger Is, and Revlon Run/Walk for Women. Their newest initiative finds the group partnering with Linkin Park on Music for Relief.


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Rodeo Realtys Tam Nguyen supports UNICEF Event through Art

Rodeo Realtys Tam Nguyen is more than your average agent.

Rodeo Realty’s Tam Nguyen and Portrait piece “The Isabella” at the Nancy Vuu + UNICEF Charity Fashion Show

This was showcased over the weekend at the Nancy Vuu+ Unicef benefit Fashion show hosted at a beautiful Estate in the Hollywood Hills that was once featured on Million Dollar Listing.

Rodeo Realty’s Tam Nguyen at the Nancy Vuu + UNICEF Charity Fashion Show

The event was organized by Nancy Vuu, a friend of Tam, and drew in a slew of global fashion industry leaders and entertainment influencers. To show her support, Tam created a stunning Oil on Canvas portrait which was the only art piece auctioned off at the event for an astounding $5,000.

The Nancy Vuu + UNICEF Charity Fashion Show

Aptly titled “The Isabella” , the piece featured Nancy Vuu’s own daughter, Isabella in a one-of-a kind gown that was part of the designers first collection.


Rodeo Realty’s Tam Nguyen and Isabella Vuu at the Nancy Vuu + UNICEF Charity Fashion Show

Through the Nancy Vuu foundation, the event was able to bring additional awareness L.A. community. The Nancy Vuu foundation is a major advocate for child welfare and prides themselves on upholding the values outlined in their mission statement. 

“Our passion is for today’s youth and to reach out to the broken.  Too often a child and/or teen is stripped of their identity due to a serious illness, losing a loved one, abuse, or even poverty.  Our hope is that through creating positive experiences that can help build confidence, we will begin to unleash our children to their full potential and greatness. We welcome youth with extenuating circumstances to be a part of the NANCY VUU Family through our fashion projects to experience this tranformational culture. We also partner with numerous other charity organizations to make a bigger impact in empowering GOOD.”

UNICEF #EndTrafficking Campaign

The event was organized to raise awareness and support for the fight to end child trafficking, a global epidemic that UNICEF has incorporated into their worldwide mission. The End Trafficking Project is UNICEF USA’s initiative to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. In partnership with concerned individuals and groups, the End Trafficking Project aims to bring us all closer to a day when there are no exploited children.


If you wish to get involved in charitable efforts to end trafficking and support the betterment of child welfare visit the Nancy Vuu or UNICEF foundation pages  by clicking the links below.

Rodeo Realty agents help honor client Jeff Apploff at Autism Speaks “Into the Blue” Gala 2018

Autism Speaks "Into the Blue" 2018 Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel
(from left) Rodeo Realty agents Ken Marker, Corey Brown, and Ed Dolce at the 2018 Autism Speaks "Into the Blue" Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel
(from left) Rodeo Realty agents Ken Marker, Corey Brown, and Ed Dolce at the 2018 Autism Speaks “Into the Blue” Gala-The Beverly Hills Hotel

Last week Rodeo Realty’s Ed Dolce, Corey Brown and Ken Marker helped honor Jeff Apploff, a client, friend, and Executive Producer of Apploff Entertainment, Inc. as this years Honoree of Autism Speaks, “Into The Blue Gala”.  

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 04: Jeff Apploff attends Autism Speaks’ “Into The Blue” Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

Held on October 4, 2018 at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, Jeff received the distinguished Honoree of the Year Award, for all his dedication and service to the incredible cause that helps those affected by Autism.

Hosted by Corinne Foxx, attendees of the “Into The Blue Gala” helped to raise thousands of dollars for Autism Speaks. Pink, Carey Hart, and Anna Lynn McCord were among some of the attendants along with a slew of other celebrities and philanthropists.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 04: P!nk and Carey Hart attend Autism Speaks’ “Into The Blue” Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

Other event highlights included a special performance by the Foo Fighter’s David Grohl and exclusive fashion experience. Some of the event sponsors included NBC, WME, Netflix and Variety to name a few.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 04: Dave Grohl attends Autism Speaks’ “Into The Blue” Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

“Into the Blue” raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for the needs of all those affected by autism.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 04: Atmosphere during Autism Speaks’ “Into The Blue” Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

About Autism
Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children. Autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”) refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder;

and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has provided more than 18 million people with programs and resources such as the Autism Treatment Network, which includes Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UC Irvine. Autism Speaks also provides free tool kits to help manage a wide range of challenges, at every stage of life. For additional information, visit