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  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Holidays Pre-Game Reception

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Vespaio in Los Angeles, CA

    Join us for the seventh installment of one of our favorite events: the Pre-Game the Holidays Party! Mix, mingle, and make friends from:

    • Brown University Entertainment Network
    • CalArts Entertainment Group
    • Columbia College Chicago
    • Columbia SoCal
    • Cornell in Hollywood
    • Emerson
    • Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association
    • HollyWU (Washington University in Saint Louis)
    • NUEA (Northwestern)
    • Penntertainment
    • Stanford in Entertainment
    • UCLA BEN
    • Vanderbilt-in-Hollywood
    • Yale in Hollywood

    Registration includes FREE drink ticket, cash bar and menu, and complimentary entry to win a FREE $100.00 gift card from Vespaio. And in the spirit of giving, a donation will be made to a local non-profit.

    Just across the courtyard from Downtown's new Broad Museum, Vespaio offers Italian fare, making the expansive space a particularly useful kind of restaurant. The menu boasts everything from baby kale salads with beef heart tomatoes, seared carpaccio with watercress, and homemade potato topini pasta with scampi and artichokes. Entrees include a whole baked sea bream with sliced potato and olives, or a massive 32 ounce Snake River Farms Wagyu top sirloin roasted in the wood-fired oven. For more shareable bites, consider the frutti di mare pizza or flatbread with brussel sprouts, pancetta, and cherry tomatoes. Designed by Ralph Gentile Architects and placed at the foot of Related's new Emerson Building, the yacht-inspired look is easily one of the most polished, elegant places to debut in Los Angeles.

    Parking: Valet Parking is $8.50 First 2 hours with validation $15.00 maximum. Street parking and self parking lots are available in the area as posted.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's 12th Anniversary Party

    Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    41 Ocean Club

    Happy 12th Anniversary to Us! 30,000 professionals + 500 top-tier events

    The Ivy Plus Society is thrilled to announce our 12th Anniversary Party on November 15th. Party the night away as we commemorate this landmark at one of our most iconic staples, 41 Ocean Club. Live life in excess when you join us at this destination venue that celebrates life without limits. Thank you for joining us for 12 years, this toast is dedicated to you!

    • Attire: Cocktail Attire
    • Must be 21+ with valid I.D.
    • 20% Off Promo Code: ALUMNI2018


  • Harvardwood Co-Hosts Los Angeles: The H-Y Game Telecast

    Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 09:00 AM · $10.00 USD
    Barney’s Beanery Westwood in Los Angeles, CA

    The Crimson will face the Bulldogs in the 135th Harvard/Yale Game, which will be played at historic Fenway Park. This is the first time since 1912 the Game has been held in a venue other than Harvard Stadium or the Yale Bowl! In Los Angeles, join your fellow alumni (and yes, some Yalies) at Barney’s Beanery in Westwood starting at 9am to cheer on the Crimson. Kickoff is at 9:30am, and we'll even provide expert in-game commentary from former Harvard and Yale football players.

    HY_players_thumbnail.jpgThe event is free for Harvardwood members and guests, as long as you register in advance below. Walk-ins are $10 for everyone, regardless of Harvardwood membership status. If you're not a Harvardwood member, join today!

    Share your support on social media to help Harvard #BeatYale in the #HarvardYale game, and watch the game telecast with Harvardwood & the Harvard Club of Southern California in Los Angeles!

    Members & Friends


    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Welcoming Lawrence S. Bacow: An Evening with Harvard's 29th President

    Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 06:30 PM · $35.00 USD
    The San Diego Museum of Art

    Join us as we celebrate the Southern California alumni community and hear remarks from the newly appointed President of Harvard University, Lawrence S. Bacow JD ’76, MPP ’76, PhD ’78. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and a night with fellow alumni and friends! Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

    Please register via the HAA website link below.

    • Alumni, guests, and members of the Harvard community: $35
    • Harvard recent graduates (’08–’18): $25
  • In Support of Diversity: A Panel Discussion About The Harvard Lawsuit

    Sunday, December 02, 2018 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    TBA in Los Angeles, CA

    Join the Harvard community in Los Angeles for an informational panel that will discuss the current Harvard admissions lawsuit that went to trial on October 15th.

    admissionspanel.jpgIn November 2014, Edward Blum created an anti-affirmative action organization called Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) which then sued Harvard, seeking to prevent Harvard College and other colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admissions decisions. If the lawsuit succeeds, it would diminish students’ opportunities to live and learn in a diverse campus environment—denying them the kind of experiences that are central to Harvard’s educational mission and critical for success in our diverse society.

    Eight Harvard affiliated organizations who believe in the value of affirmative action have come together to co-sponsor this event.

    Panelists will include:

    • Michaele N. Turnage Young JD '06, Senior Counsel at the NAACP LDF, who represents 25 Harvard students and alumni organizations as amici curiae in the lawsuit.
    • Nicole Gon-Ochi, Supervising Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA representing Harvard students as amici curiae in the lawsuit.
    • Dr. David Moguel MPP '00, CSUN professor of secondary education specializing in building college bound cultures among students of color.
    • Angela Sousa JD '80, an attorney specializing in Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Litigation with an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.  Ms. Sousa interviewed semi-finalists for an Alumni Association scholarship program at Berkeley when “color-blind” criteria were utilized for scholarship applications.

    Find out what’s going on and what you can do!

    Hosted by:

    • Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
    • First Generation Harvard Alumni
    • Harvard Alumni For Education
    • Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance
    • Harvard Black Alumni Society
    • Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance
    • Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles
    • Harvardwood
  • ⛄ Harvardwood's Candy Cane Cocktail Party ❄

    Friday, December 07, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    The Parlor in Los Angeles, CA

    Three hurrahs for Harvardwood! Come revel in holiday cheer and happy festivities with your fellow Harvardwood members, friends, and volunteers on Friday, December 7th. It'll be a wonderful way to kick off not just your weekend, but also the season of holiday festivities! We'll be celebrating at The Parlor on Melrose, where you'll rub shoulders and make merry with entertainment's favorite Harvard alums. 

    Food will be available for purchase at The Parlor. Cash bar. One free drink ticket per person to the first 75 people to RSVP!

    • Early-bird tickets are $15/Members & Friends and $20/Non-Members now through November 30th
    • Regular tickets will be $20/Members & Friends and $25/Non-Members from Dec. 1 - 7th
    • All walk-ins will be $25, regardless of Harvardwood membership status

    In addition to the holiday festivities, join Harvardwood Helps in a toy drive for the holidays!  The Los Angeles County Fire Department's "Spark of Love" drive collects new toys and sports equipment for the Department of Children and Family Services for distribution to the foster children of Los Angeles County.  Any remaining toys are then distributed to non-profit charitable organizations within Los Angeles County.  New, unused, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for every age are appreciated.  Every year, however, there is an extra need for "Toys for Teens" and "Infant Toys. 1 DONATED NEW TOY = 1 RAFFLE TICKET

    You can also get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while celebrating. We are hosting our annual holiday silent auction in support of the Harvardwood Fund. Auction items, which will be featured at the holiday party for in-person bidding, include one-on-one lunches with industry VIPs, autographed feature film scripts, unique film/TV memorabilia, gift certificates, museum/show tickets... the list goes on and on.

    Need a ride to/from the party and new to Uber? Use the following link to claim a free ride: 

    Members & Friends   


  • Our Happy Holiday Harvardwood PARTY!!

    Friday, December 14, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, NY

    Cost: FREE, but you must RSVP below, and you MUST bring something to eat or drink to be admitted!

    We have a special Priority Registration Period for dues-paying Harvardwood members and their guests through Friday, November 23rd. Registration will open for all others working in the arts, media, and entertainment starting on November 24th.

    Spring_2017.jpgThe holiday season is here! And that means—it's time for our Happy Harvardwood HOLIDAY PARTY!! This will be another great one, and a wonderful opportunity for you to meet more of our incredibly smart, sexy, and scintillating Harvardwood members! Major jubilation alert!

    Party1_(1).jpegAnd although we, all by ourselves, are more than special enough, the location will be special as well! We have a new host this year, the wonderful Ethan Cohen Gallery.  Ethan Cohen has presented both emerging and internationally renowned artists for over 25 years.  Cohen was the first to present the Chinese avant-garde of the 1980s to the U.S., including such now-celebrated artists as Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, Wang Keping, and Qiu Zhijie. Cohen today represents a diverse mix, including contemporary American, African, Iranian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Pakistani, and Thai artists, both emerging and established.

    Admission is free, but you MUST bring something to eat or drink! Wine, beer, salad, chicken, cheese, pizza, pasta, brownies—everything will be welcome! Things that are real FOOD (as opposed to chips and such) will be especially appreciated. Harvardwood members are HUNGRY people!

    See you there!

    Special thanks to Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, and to Anne Griffin!

  • At any given time, our facility, “The FOB” (Forward Operating Base), is filled with millions of items donated by Americans from across the country. Once a month or more, we call on hundreds of eager and spirited Volunteers in the Southern California area to help us assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages. We have tasks appropriate for all levels of ability:

    • “Prep” work consists of sorting donated items, folding shirts, writing/screening letters, quality controlling Battalion Buddies, and/or preparing products and the Assembly Line.
    • “Assembly” work includes production of the Care Packages, labeling, taping, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons, and other tasks.
    • “Production” work includes hand-making items onsite. Time allowing, we will provide instruction and materials for making Paracord ‘Survival’ Bracelets and/or Battalion Buddies on-site.

    Youth ages 12 and older are welcome to serve at The FOB. Scroll down for more Volunteer Information, including important dress and parking details.

    Check out this short video on what happens on a typical Assembly Day and the type of work that you will help us complete. 


    • Closed-toed shoes only, no high-heels
    • No large bags or backpacks allowed
    • No food or drinks allowed


    To ensure your own safety and enjoyment, and to preserve our welcome in our facility, we ask that you read and follow these rules:

    • All Volunteers must sign a Release Form (parents/guardians must sign for minors under 18).
    • Children ages 12 and older are welcome to serve; those ages 12 – 16 must have a responsible adult with them on the premises at all times, with access to transportation. Due to insurance, liability, and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules—there are no exceptions.
    • All Volunteers must fill out a release form (either online or in-person) for each Assembly Day attended. 
    • Volunteers must sign in at the Volunteer Tables in the parking lot or inside The FOB.
    • Due to heightened security requirements, all Volunteers must present a government or school issued I.D. with photo when requested.
    • Wear the name tag provided at check-in at all times.
    • To receive Community Service Credit (“CSC”), you must sign-in upon arrival and sign out upon departure at the Volunteer Sign-In Table.


    We have seated and standing jobs for everyone on all Volunteer and Assembly Days.


    • Wear closed-toe shoes; no sandals or flip-flops allowed.
    • Wear comfortable but respectful clothing (No “short-shorts” or revealing tops); avoid political statements on clothing.
    • Lock purse or other valuables in your car. We do not have a safe place for them and will not accept responsibility for personal property in or around The FOB.
    • No bags, backpacks, or briefcases allowed in The FOB. Please keep cell phones and wallet in your pockets.
    • Cell phones are permitted, but we ask that you not make calls while volunteering. You are welcome to take pictures for personal or social media use. However, you may not photograph or video the labels on Care Packages or addresses in letters.


    Water stations are available throughout our facility. No food or drinks are allowed in the warehouse at any time. If you wish to bring your own food or drinks, we recommend leaving them in your car while you volunteer as there is no place to leave them on-site.


    At The FOB, our leader Volunteers (“Blue Shirts”) will be wearing royal blue t-shirts. Follow their instructions.


    Park in our parking lot, on surrounding streets, or as suggested by our information emails or parking attendants. The speed limit in our parking lot is 10 miles per hour. In congested areas, the limit is as slow as safety permits, even if that means a complete stop for an extended time.


    Near the intersection of Lassen Street and Variel Avenue (between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and De Soto Avenue; south of the 118 Freeway)

    Public Transportation is available through Metro Orange Line and Metrolink located at nearby Chatsworth Station.

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