CauseConnect® represents a variety of art and community events, all supporting charities or causes, and incorporating the arts, education, and/or the environment. Levels of sponsorship typically range with benefits customized to meet unique community relations and marketing goals. In some cases, product donations are sought to offset event expenses. To request additional information and sponsorship packages on these or other events, call (213) 537-4483.


Marin Salon Series

Hosted by art advocate and entertainer Cheech Marin with his classical pianist wife, Natasha, this exclusive series of events has been produced since 2009. Often held at the couple’s private residence (and occasionally, other historic and cultural venues), the events are designed to showcase and share their interests in Chicano art, classical music, good food, literary works, and great conversation with friends, new and old. Each event features an artist or an author, a musician, and a chef in an intimate, informal setting. Typically, the format is cocktails and appetizers at 5 p.m., artist talk or author reading at 6 p.m., buffet dining at 6:15 p.m., concert at 7:15 p.m., and coffee and dessert at 7:30 p.m.


Target Feria de la Familia

Sponsored by Target, CauseConnect produced this community event for eight years: 2006-2013. Typically held on the third Saturday in September, the free festival attracted nearly 15,000 Latino youth and their families. Focusing on art, music, dance, and stories, students from Plaza de la Raza were featured performers, along with Grammy Award-winning musicians such as Ozomatli, Chicano Batman, and La Santa Cecilia.

Noche de Arte y Musica presented by Marin Salon Series

Natasha and Cheech Marin brought their exclusive Marin Salon Series outside of their home to support Plaza de la Raza, which has provided performing and visual arts programs and services to youth and families in East Los Angeles since 1970. This very special evening of art and music under the stars began with a ticketed performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin with cellist Maksim Velichkin in the Margo Albert Theatre followed by an art talk in the Boathouse Gallery by Cheech Marin. Afterwards, free community performances were held on the Willie Velasquez Outdoor Stage: Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble; Danza Teocalt; Plaza de la Raza Salsa Band; Thee Commons; Mariachi Mario Lopez; Quitapenas; and DJ Emiliano Miranda. A benefit art sale featured works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, Andre Miripolsky, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva, David Flores, iBelieve, Mario Lopez, Wenceslao Quiroz, Gabriel Flores, Jose Lozano, Gil Ortiz, John Carlos De Luna, Jaime “Germs” Zacarias, Ricardo Estrada, and Joshua Keen Valencia. The ticket price included complimentary appetizers and a hosted bar. Sponsors included Stella Rosa Wines, Jarritos, Alova, and Brooklyn & Boyle.

Marin Piano Concerts

Since 2012, CauseConnect has produced concerts for classical pianist Natasha Marin. Her collaboration with pianist Gerald Robbins included a concert at at UCLA Schoenberg Hall on June 16 followed by a performance this fall at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York.
he West Coast premiere showcases works by 19th-century quintessential romantic composers. The hour-long program opens with Anton Arensky (Silhouetten, Suite op. 23) and Johannes Brahms (Variations on a theme by Haydn, op. 56b). After intermission, the performance continues with Sergei Rachmaninoff (Suite No2 op. 17) and Camille Saint-Saëns (Variations on a theme by Beethoven op. 35). with a concert in Los Angeles followed by a performance this fall at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York.

L.A. Kids Read Festival: For the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Melissa Richardson Banks transformed this annual Los Angeles Public Library event into a major community festival during 1999-2003, doubling then tripling attendance over previous years at the Central Library. Founded in 1995, the free festival for families kicked off the library’s citywide Reading Club designed to encourage youth reading for fun during the school break. Until it ended in 2005, L.A. Kids Read was held every June on the third Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event included crafts, puppets, storytelling, mimes, refreshments, workshops, and celebrity hosts such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Martin Landau. Throughout the summer at each of the city’s branches between June and August, the program continued to show children that reading can be a part of any summer vacation.

Abbot Kinney Festival – Venice, CA

BloomfestLA – Los Angeles, CA

Cuban Music Festival / Presencia Cubana en L.A. – Los Angeles, CA

National Boys & Girls Club Week – Los Angeles, CA

Spring Reading Festival & Children’s Book Giveaway – Los Angeles, CA