‘TIS THE SEASON of Charitable Giving!

I think most of us can say, growing up, we were able to celebrate the holidays in a loving home. But there are too many kids in our very own communities without families, food and shelter.

This is why I choose to volunteer, and this year, I’ve been giving the little free time I do have to help organize a 4-day charity fundraiser starting tomorrow at the Hilton Costa Mesa that will benefit amazing organizations like Second Harvest Food Bank, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Down Syndrome Foundation of OC, Raise Foundation and more!

I am really hoping I can get some of you out there to come join me! Because let me tell you, we have worked so tirelessly to put together some really fun ways to make us all feel good about giving back…

Friday 11/9 to Monday 11/12
Come shop our 90 boutiques this year and start your Christmas shopping early! Tickets are only $10, or you can come early tomorrow morning (I’ll be there!) and get the first pick, for $40.

Friday 11/9, 8pm
All the single ladies (and married friends!): we’ve rounded up 12 catches willing to put themselves out there for a good cause! You gotta love a guy with a heart of gold. Come bid or just show your support, and bring your friends! Only $25!

Saturday 11/10 & Sunday 11/11
Skip the long lines at the mall and schedule a photo op with the big guy! $25 for a reservation and 6×9 photo.

Saturday 11/10, 6pm & 8:30pm
Step out on the town and give back in style! $125 for a sit-down dinner, live and silent auction, and after party featuring the 80’s cover band Flashback Heart Attack! Or come for the after party only for $45 — there will be whiskey tasting and hand-rolled cigars too!

Sunday 11/11, 10am & 1pm
Come to a tea party and ballet performance with the author and the illustrator of this very popular children’s series! It’s always a sell-out event. $35/$45 

Monday 11/12, 11am
Five really inspiring and entrepreneurial women on our panel this year! Come be uplifted and make some new connections. $60


I hope you’ll join me, I would love to see you there!

And if you can’t make it, please consider donating to a worthy cause this holiday season. You really can make a difference in someone’s life with your time, talent or treasure…no matter how little you have to give! Every bit counts.

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. sounds amazing erika! i’d love to try and stop by to do a little early Christmas shopping. best of luck with the entire event – it sounds like you worked your little toosh off! xoxo

  2. If I lived there you know I would be the first one in line! This is so wonderful that you are helping out! The photos of you are too cute….you and your daughter look like twins!!

  3. At first sight I thought this little girl was your daughter … Incredible how she looks like the little Erika!
    Anyway, what you do is really great and believe if I lived in the US I would have try to come to help and donate.
    Congratulations for what you do!

  4. Leighton looks so much like you in that first photo. I honestly thought it was her at first and it was taken with instagram filtered to look vintage.

    My weekend is pretty busy but I would’ve loved to see you early morning tomorrow for some shopping. Great thing you’re doing.

  5. Wow you are amazing Erika.
    How in the world do you manage your life?! Haha. I don’t know how you do so much. But this is just utterly amazing. What a great heart you have. Wish I lived closer, would so come!!!