Somewhere amid the rush of making 78 Valentine’s cards for the preschool class, baking heart-shaped cupcakes, picking out the perfect card and gift for your own Valentines at home, and booking a sitter for a romantic evening out, the meaning behind the holiday gets a little lost.  It’s all about love, “twu wuv” (as the Clergyman says in the Princess Bride), and there is no love truer than a parent for a child.  So spend the day with your true loves, having fun and raising funds to help another parent’s true love live a longer life.

A packed house in 2013

What
True Pablove is The Pablove Foundation’s annual Valentine’s Day family event. It’s an all-ages celebration that fills the room from corner to corner and ceiling to floor with Valentine-themed arts and crafts, live music, a silent auction, kids’ activities, and yummy food.  Pablove was founded by parents who saw their beloved son lose his fight against cancer, and they wanted to help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for kids living with the disease with play, music and arts programs in at hospitals.

Meeting the cast of Jessie

Doing
Everything at the festival is designed with the family experience in mind, so all the arts and crafts (like decorating a canvas bag and hand painting custom converse shoes, making wire hearts, going crazy in the Photo Booth, screen-printing tees, making keepsakes with Cut Arts, making musical instruments and making Valentines for kids who are patients at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) are things that big kids and little kids can enjoy equally and together with their family and friends.  The music this year includes DJs from The One AM Radio and Sodapop and live music sets from Didipop.

Bag decoration

Eating
What would a Valentine’s party be without the sweets and treats?  From pink goodies (like Pink’s Hot Dogs) to the sweetest gelato around (Pazzo Gelato) and plenty of drinks from Stumptown to Purity Organics to Pom, no one goes home hungry.  And if you like to make what you eat, Weelicious will be crafting cocoa in a cup and Modern Bite will be running the cookie decorating (which is usually devoured before it’s fully decorated!).

Seed bomb crafts

Supporting
All the proceeds support The Pablove Foundation. Now in it’s fourth year, True Pablove has raised over $200,000 to fight childhood cancer – with love.

Screen printing

Get Involved
You can do more than just donating by purchasing tickets.  You can also become a sponsor or volunteer at the event.  They are accepting volunteer help decorating, selling tickets, and working the event. (Grownups and teens only.)  All volunteers get a Pablove Volunteer t-shirt, training, and a 15 minute meal break during their shift to enjoy the yummy treats of True Pablove.  You can sign up to volunteer online.

TruePablove-square

The Details
True Pablove 2014 – A Valentine’s Family Celebration
Saturday, February 8th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lot 613 in the Downtown Arts District
613 Imperial St.
Los Angeles, Ca 90021

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Online: pablove.org/truepablove
Tickets are $60 per person in advance, $75 per person at the door.
Plenty of (free) street parking is available.

Photos by Allison Cox for The Pablove Foundation