1. Guests came dressed in their best retro outfits
2. 72andSunny CEO Matt Jarvis co-hosted the event
3. Event hosts Jay Griffith, Linda Lucks and Amie Stier speak to the crowd
4. Casa Linda Mexican Grill served delicious sautéed prawns
5. The evening’s hosts take to the stage in an auditorium made from the former floorboards of UCLA’s John Wooden basketball court
Veuve Clicquot flowed and trays of hors d’oeuvres made the rounds on May 20 as a socially conscious crowd gathered at 72andSunny to raise money for nonprofit affordable housing builders Venice Community Housing Corp.
The evening capped off the third annual Venice Design Series, a series of fundraisers that combine architecture, art and cuisine for a great cause: dealing with the homeless crisis.
Before dining on tacos and sushi, guests took tours of Herc 1 and 2 (as in H4-Hercules, aka The Spruce Goose), the buildings that once housed Howard Hughes’ executive offices.
Celebrated landscape designer Jay Griffith co-hosted with 72andSunny CEO Matt Jarvis and Jarvis’ wife, film director Amie Steir. Jarvis and Steir said the recent presidential election made them want to get more involved in community-based activism.
“Homelessness is a real problem in Los Angeles,” said Steir, “and VCH is doing so much to help the community. Hosting this event is the least we could do.”
— Shanee Edwards