Wolf and shoes

His Little Feet founder Hali Wolf poses with shoes ready for distribution before Christmas.

His Little Feet, a small Long Beach nonprofit that has provided shoes and socks to more than 17,000 children in need, will host a live, in-person fundraiser in early June, even while other community organizations continue putting on virtual events amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization, which was founded in 2014, will follow all health regulations, founder and executive director Hali Wolf said, including limiting attendees and requiring social distancing.

Last year, His Little Feet hosted its inaugural Heart & Sole Gala weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down.

The second annual gala, on June 5, will come 10 days before the state is set to remove all coronavirus health restrictions.

“We like to lead,” she added. “We want to help lower the fear factor a little bit.”

The fundraiser, in the ballroom at The Grand event center, will include the traditional dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment and a wine pull. His Little Feet — which has given away $1 million in shoes as of January — is still seeking donations for the live and silent auctions, with events and trips in great demand.

While the ballroom sits 300, Wolf said, His Little Feet will only sell 75 to keep people distanced.

“We’ll have 72-inch tables, with six people seated,” she said. “We’re inching our way back to normal.”

What: The Heart & Sole Gala fundraiser for His Little Feet.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

Where: The Grand, 4101 E. Willow St.

Cost: $149 per ticket, which includes a three-course dinner. Deadline is May 28.

Information: hislitfeet.org.

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