Old Vegas Casino Night


Take a gamble on C4C! Come play classic casino games, bid on wonderful silent auction items, and network with professors, alumni, and business professionals. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, and The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation.

Old Vegas Casino Night will be located at SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills kicking off at 7pm and ending at midnight.

Old Vegas Casino Night will have a raffle as well as silent auction including awesome prizes such as LA Laker tickets, Magic Castle tickets, Disneyland passes, and a date with ABC’s Bachelor, Ben Flajnik.

Tickets include: Several specialty cocktails from sponsors, appetizers, dessert, $40 worth of chips to gamble with, and an Uber code of $50 – A Value of $140!!

Tickets are already available and donations to our charities are always welcome.

If your business is interested in sponsoring our event or donating auction items please reach out to karen.griego@pepperdine.edu or shelby.schoolcraft@pepperdine.edu and join in on the fun.

Attire: Formal

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Thanksgiving Dinner : C4C + The Children’s Life Saving Foundation


“Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to transforming the lives of  homeless  and  at-risk children and families in Los Angeles through academic, social and domestic support.


The dinner was hosted at the  Drescher Graduate Campus on Nov 19, 2013. The cafeteria was decorated with turkey tablecloths, pumpkin dolls, paper turkeys, and a variety of Thanksgiving-themed crafts. The dinner was traditional: turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

In addition to the food, there was an arts & crafts table where the children in the program were able to make Thanksgiving turkeys and tiaras. The cafeteria filled with holiday spirit. It was a great day !

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Challenge-4-Charity Halloween Party 2013 !!


C4C proudly hosted its Annual Halloween Party @ the V-Lounge in Santa Monica on October 24, 2013. This was not an event to be missed. Everybody who was anybody attended this Halloween BASH !!

The line to get into the V-Lounge wrapped around the block. The party was at capacity before midnight. The lounge was filled with party-philanthropist who wanted to have a good time while contributing to CHARITY !!

Guys and Gals spared no expense and put on their sexiest + spookiest + most ridiculous garb, and celebrated with their super fun classmates! Prizes were given for the scariest costume + most original costume + sexiest costume costume + best overall costume.

A photo booth was setup inside the V-Lounge and caught all of the action. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter – hope 2 see everyone again next year !!

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Beach Battle Kicks Off a New Year

Doodle Patches & Purple People Eaters

Best costumes of the day!


Ever wonder if you could hold your own in the sand??

Challenge for Charity welcomed the new school year with costumes, volleyballs, and some good old competition. Not only were the current students excited, but our new student body, faculty, alumni, the law school, and the public policy school got in on the action. Our tournament consisted of 13 teams, ready to duke it out September 14. After graciously donating to play, they took to the courts to see whether they were Maverick… or Iceman.

After some fierce battles, the Law School’s “Fly by Request” won the double elimination tournament with the faculty taking second. Hundreds of dollars were raised for our three amazing charities and all students had a great time proving which team was “king of the beach.” We are so proud to have such an involved student body, faculty, and alumni. A big thank you to all of the players who wanted to get involved and have some fun!

Check out our upcoming events and see how you can get involved!!

Faculty vs. the Doodle Patches

Professor Gift and the Faculty School Some Students...

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Runners check your times here!


Now runners can check their times at the following link http://results.active.com/events/9th-annual-run-the-waves-5k .

Thank everyone who came out and supported the 9th Annual Run the Waves!

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Registration for C4C Weekend 2013 is now open!



   Challenge for Charity Weekend
April 19-20, 2013
    Stanford University
Registered participants receive access to the following:
  • 25 weekend challenges, including sports and other competitive events (golf green fees will be an additional $55 charge)
  • 2 social events: Dance Party at Illusions on Friday night and Battle of the Bands on Saturday night (excludes the cost of drinks at Illusions)
  • 5 food and beverage services throughout the weekend
  • Free event day transportation

Click here to register.

Note: Registration takes about 5 minutes. Please have your credit card and student ID number (if a student) ready when registering.

All Sales are Final. There will be no transfers or refunds.

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Join C4C for the 9th Annual Run the Waves 5K



9th Annual Run the Waves 5K

Saturday, March 9th

Zuma Beach

Registration Opens: 7 am

5K Race begins: 9 am

Kids Race begins: 9:45 am


Registration Link: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2080156

$30 Pre-registration/$40 Day of


All proceeds benefit The Special Olympics, The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation & The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica

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My First Thanksgiving Dinner With C4C and The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation


On November 13, Pepperdine’s Challenge for Charity held their annual Thanksgiving dinner for students and families from the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (CLF).

As a Chinese MBA student who just came to America three months ago, I was very excited about my first Thanksgiving experience. I arrived early at the Drescher Graduate Campus cafeteria to help with the setup. Maple leaf tablecloths, scarecrow dolls, paper turkeys, and a variety of Thanksgiving-themed crafts made me feel like I was in an American home. The atmosphere was so warm and inviting.

People started arriving at 5:30pm. Like me, all the other students and faculty were eagerly anticipating the delicious meal of traditional roast turkey, pumpkin pie, and other Thanksgiving favorites. MBA Women Internationalsponsored Dessert. Many other International students attended and experienced their very first Thanksgiving. Besides the yummy food, we learned about the meaning of Thanksgiving from our American friends. It was really a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about American culture.

Our students helped the CLF kids with their colorful and creative food crafts, as well as played board games with them. The cafeteria filled with laughter. I found it a touching experience and it showed me the real meaning of Thanksgiving. We not only had a wonderful meal, but we also gave our love to those who needed it.

All in all, 100 students and 20 kids and family from CLF celebrated Thanksgiving together.

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MBAs Spend Afternoon With Boys and Girls Club



Boys & Girls Club outing with C4C

September 28th was Pepperdine C4C’s first event of the year with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.

Just a few short hours before the Carmageddon madness ensued, I braved the 405 to get to Santa Monica for my first visit to the Boys and Girls Club. I signed in at the front and met the rest of our group of Pepperdine’sChallenge 4 Charity (C4C) volunteers around 2:30 pm to take a tour through the facility, starting in the enormous main rec room filled with pool and ping-pong tables, dance games, and a mini-basketball goal. The tour continued upstairs through the Tech Center, where the kids can go for computer help and technical needs, then finally to the cafeteria and the basketball court downstairs.

The kids started to roll in just after 3 pm, and suddenly there was a flood of activity in the building. Kids laughing, chatting, playing – some getting homework help from volunteers but most seeking out volunteers to play with them. There was a game of Jeopardy in the tech lab, and a crazy free-for-all tag race on the playground with our first-year volunteers and a huge group of kids.

One little girl, a seven-year-old named Mia, pulled me aside and asked if I would read to her, which translated into her reading for me and my helping her pronounce the big words; then spending a good part of my afternoon talking with her.

We took a short snack break around 4 pm to let the kids get some food and rest. Then it was almost immediately back to activities and playtime. Our day concluded around 5 pm and parents started showing up to pick up their children.

All in all, I had a wonderful experience at the Boys and Girls Club. There is something very genuine and light-hearted about spending the day with these kids and giving a small part of my time to hopefully make their day a little more fun and happy. I’m looking forward to the next C4C event there.

Pepperdine University and Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica

Contact the Pepperdine University’s chapter of Challenge 4 Charity for more information about getting involved with community service events.

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When Faculty/Alumni and Students Face Off for Charity


C4C’S Hot and Hilarious Faculty/Alumni Verses Student Olympics

Faculty vs Students in Pepperdine Challenge for Charity OlympicsLast Saturday Pepperdine’s Challenge for Charity held their 3rd Annual Faculty/Alumni vs Student Olympics.

I’ll be the first to admit that driving to Malibu on a Saturday morning was not something I was overly excited about. Not to mention the fact that it promised to be an extremely hot day, judging by the intensity of the 9 am sunshine. However, I am so glad I did. The smiles on the faces of the children from The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation (CLF) made it all worthwhile.

The event kicked off with basketball at 11 am. Team Faculty/Alumni were ably represented by Dean Livingstone and Professors GiftHahnGranados, Lee, and DiLellio, as well as several recent Full-time program grads. After several round-robin style elimination rounds, the first-year and second-year MBA students faced off in the Final, with first-years emerging triumphant. This was followed by the arrival of the children from CLF and a Chick-fil-A lunch under the shade of some palm trees.

After lunch everyone made their way to the field for some fun relay races with the CLF kids. I could not tell who was having more fun – those participating or those watching the hilarious races – as kids and adults alike dizzily zigzagged, crab-walked, bunny-hopped, and wheel-barrowed their way through to the finish line. Team “Purple Rockets” emerged as the eventual winners.

Special Olympics and Pepperdine MBAs Team Up for Charity GamesThe penultimate event was the Tug-of-War, with the second-year MBAs winning despite being sent flying off their feet by the faculty/alumni team. Meanwhile, unfazed by the melting heat, the exuberant CLF kids laughed, ran, and did cartwheels on the field. (Ah, to be that young and energetic!)

The day’s shenanigans, I mean event, ended with dodgeball. Once again, first and second-years found themselves facing off in the Final. Each having won one event apiece, the winner of dodgeball would also claim the title of 2012 Overall Champions. In a nail-biting finish, the second-years emerged victorious and students beat faculty/alumni for the second year in a row. Stay tuned for the rematch next year!

Pepperdine MBA Faculty vs Students on the Basketball CourtAll in all this year’s event was attended by 63 students, faculty, and alumni, as well as 20 children from CLF. Judging by all the happy yet tired adults and smiling kids at the end of the day, I would say it was a great success and I am sure next year will be even better.


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Oct 31, 2013
Halloween Party
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Nov 19, 2013
Thanksgiving Dinner
Malibu, CA

Jan 31, 2014
Casino Night
SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Feb 6, 2014
Date Auction
V Lounge

March 29, 2014

Apr 13-15, 2014
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Stanford, CA

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