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Family Affair IV

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Los Angeles is a big city with so many inspired people doing so many amazing things. On any given night there a handful of fundraising events throughout the city. We are truly blessed to live in a community that is willing and eager to support these charitable organizations. For the past year, I have personally experienced the growth and inspiration of an event engineered by three amazing people that have the vision and desire to make a difference in this world. Chris Caparro, Braden Anderson, and Debi Mae West, created Family Affair as an organization that partners with non-profits to help raise money and awareness for social and environmental purposes. During the past year they have organized four events that not only raise funds, but inspire its participants to make a difference personally, locally, and globally. These "parties with a purpose" are not just fundraising events, but it has nurtured a diverse burgeoning community hungry to make a difference.

For the fourth installment of Family Affair, James and Ted Otis generously hosted the event at their beautiful Bel Air home. With Marques Wyatt from Deep, Braden Anderson, and Chris Caparro cranking out tunes all night, everyone was on the dance floor and it good spirits. It is not often where you get an opportunity to listen to these amazing DJ's at a Bel Air palace. There was a live painting by Carlos Vera, delicious food by Alcazar, a live jazz band, a violinist, and the inspiration and momentum provided by the attendants.

This past weekend raised $12,000 for The 11th Hour Action Fund for their college tour to educate the youth of america to help sustain the planet. Family Affair is a true community effort, where everything from the food and liquor to carbon offsets were donated. Family Affair will be celebrating it's one year anniversary in May on the rooftop of the downtown Standard Hotel.

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More pictures from the Family Affair IV.

All photos by Ryan Jesena.