Menlo Charity Horse Show: The 41st annual event, held Aug. 9-14 at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, featured some 400 of the finest horses and riders in the U.S. in jumping competitions, as well as a benefit gala dinner “Celebrating the Horse” on Aug. 12. Festivities were a benefit for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a group serving clients in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
This Old Bag preview event: Patrons filled the Fairmont hotel’s penthouse suite on Aug. 10 to preview celebrity and designer handbags — including bags autographed by Justin Bieber, Giants pitcher Brian Wilson and Tiffany Thiessen Smith — that will be auctioned off at the seventh annual “This Old Bag: The Power of the Purse” benefit. The gala for the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund is scheduled for Oct. 21 at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco.
REDF 2011 Benefit Ticket Launch Party: On Aug. 15 at RN74, the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, a locally based philanthropic group that invests in nonprofit businesses, hosted a gathering in anticipation of its 2011 Benefit + Social Enterprise Expo, slated for Sept. 30 at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. Cocktails, event promotion and prizes were on the agenda.