Organizers of Laguna Beach’s Boutique Benefit plan a pre-sale party on Friday, May 4, which supports local and global causes.
For a $40 tax-deductible contribution, participants before shopping can feast between 5 and 6 p.m. at Nirvana Grille, 303 Broadway St., which serves as host for donated delicacies from local restaurants including Laguna Culinary Arts, Mozambique, Z Pizza, Royal Hawaiian, True Foods, Big Fish and K’ya Bistro. Besides sampling, supporters can get to know representatives of the charitable organizations that benefit from the sixth annual fundraiser.
Between 6 and 8 p.m., they will have first pick of designer and name brand apparel at the Presbyterian Church, at Second and Forest Avenues. Organizer Evonne Kane and volunteers collected handbags, jewelry, shoes and apparel from the boutiques and closets of Laguna, including some inventory from defunct Elle H boutique.
Live music and a streaming media show will add to the experience. Participants will be eligible for a raffle ticket for a weekend at a Palomar Mountain get away.
A final collection drive for the Boutique Benefit, which opens to the public Saturday, May 5, is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at the Laguna Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the last five years, previous sales have raised more than $65,000 to help alleviate homelessness and hunger as well as sponsor three Congolese women recovering from war atrocities. Proceeds benefit Laguna Resource Center, Laguna Friendship Shelter, Women for Women and Impact Giving, a local giving circle.