This month is all about giving back. Whether you shop, drink, or swing a golf club, it’s your participation that really counts. Here are our top picks for places to go + things to do to make a difference this May.

Big Hearts of Summer

What? An evening of beach cocktails, dancing and good company Why? To fundraise for Westside Children’s Center When? Thursday, May 7 Where? Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica

origSuper Saturday L.A.

What? Shop luxury brands at deep discounts Why? To support Ocarian Cancer Research Who? co-hosted by Rachel Zoe, Rodger Berman, Molly Sims and Scott Stuber When? Saturday, May 16 Where? The historic Barker Hanger in Santa Monica

27th Annual Garden Tour

What? Visit selected private home gardens while enjoying a mid-day catered luncheon and a Ted Baker fashion show Why? To raise funds for The Virginia Robinson Gardens When? Saturday, May 16 Where? 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills

riviera country club2Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic

What? A golf tournament melding celebrities from the sports and entertainment industries at one of the most prestigious courses in the country and concluding with a specialty auction Why? To support the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation and local children’s charities such as Special Olympics and Boys & Girls Club When? Monday, May 18 Where? The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades.

3rd Annual Evening To Foster Dreams Gala

What? A fundraising dinner hosted by CASA of Los Angeles and headlined by legendary comic Jay Leno Why? To honor community leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to children When? Tuesday, May 12 Where? Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

gno2015_01(1)-1Girls Night Out

What? A charity runway show and exclusive shopping experience Why? To benefit the Special Olympics World Games 2015, of which Los Angeles is the host When? Friday, May 8 Where? Downtown Manhattan Beach, Civic Center Plaza.

California Winemasters

What? A wine tasting event showcasing 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries Why? To raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure When? Saturday, May 16 Where? Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.