Los Angeles doesn’t have a shortage of opulent charity events filled with luminaries from the entertainment, arts and fashion communities, but few manage to celebrate fashion and mobilize the industry in a way that creates change at the local level. 

The Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, founded by Rochelle Gores Fredston in 2010,  aims to do just that through ongoing community work and an annual designer gala that raises funds to support Children’s Institute Inc., a center in Watts that provides needy families with educational and other services.