Las Candalistas Fundraising Events

Las Candalistas holds two fundraising events each year, organized and staffed by our volunteer members. The main event is held in the spring, and the second event is generally held in the fall.

As our organization evolves, our fundraising events are evolving too. Stay tuned for information about our 2017-18 events. For information on sponsorship and advertising opportunities, click here.

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Spring Event

Spring event 2017 at Catalina View Gardens, 'Out of Africa"

For almost 50 years our extremely popular spring event has been held outdoors at a beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula site. This fundraising event generally features a gourmet lunch, speakers, entertainment, vendors, silent auction and an opportunity drawing. A highlight is our "Found Treasures" area which features collectibles from our members and our "Candalistas Marketplace" which features unique crafts, baked goods and other delectable items made by our members.
When it debuted in 1969, we called the event “Walk on the Wild Side" for many years. We have since renamed our spring event but the spirit of "Walk on the Wild Side" is still very much a part of us. Each spring event is a little different as our themes change yearly. Our 49th spring event in April of 2017,  was called “Out of Africa," and was held at the Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes.  "Out of Africa" featured an informative talk by humanitarian and author Linda Eckerborn Cole, founder of Community Action Fund for Women in Africa. In addition,  Dr. Sue Soldoff taught us about the animals of the safari. We were entertained by the breath-taking sounds of world renowned master kora player, Amadu Falls and the amazing dancing and drumming of African Soul International. Guests were treated to a sit down gourmet lunch, with Catalina View wines for sale, and enjoyed a silent auction, an opportunity drawing of a trip to Africa, shopping with our unique vendors, the Candalistas Marketplace, Found Treasures  and, of course, the amazing view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  

Fall Events


For several years, Las Candalistas has presented “Entertaining for the Holidays” — featuring presentations of holiday table designs and decor, speakers on holiday topics, and a variety of related vendors and crafts. Held at the Promenade on the Peninsula, the event has also included refreshments and entertainment. In 2016 we brought the popular event back, this time at the Norris Pavilion.  The theme was "A Year of Celebration" to recognize Las Candalistas' 50 years of service.  We returned to the Norris Pavilion on October 26th 2017 for another Entertaining for the Holidays Fall Fundraiser, the theme this time being "Creative Entertaining." Holiday tablescapes, made by members and special guests, were displayed, and three lifestyle speakers were presented. In addition, guests were treated to delicious appetizers, specialty vendors, Las Candalistas Creations and Found Treasures, Silent Auction, Opportunity Drawing (2 Saturday night orchestra seats to Hamilton plus a hotel stay and dinner) and musical entertainment.


 To view a video of our 2017 Entertaining for the Holidays Event, "Creative Entertaining,"please Click Here

In 2014, we successfully debuted a new fall fundraiser called “Boots, Burlap and Bandanas” at the Empty Saddle Club in Rolling Hills Estates. In keeping with our reputation for elegant productions, guests were treated to a gourmet barbecue dinner served on china at artfully decorated tables. A boot-stompin’ night of dancing to a country western band followed. A second western themed event "Cowboys, Cocktails and Candelabras" took place again at the Empty Saddle club in 2015. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, western dancing (with a line caller), silent auction, a wine pull, western games and more. A good time was had by all and it was a great way to kick-off our 2015-16 fundraising season!

Photos by Debbie Sampson and Marlyn Franklin