Party? HousingWire loves parties! And here's why: It's a gloomy state of affairs across the pond, with news that the Global ABS 2009 conference held earlier this week at the Hilton London Metropole was distinctly party-free. A shame, since this annual meeting used to be more about the evening than the day seminars. Held last year in Cannes (also a bummer) the conference is not even attempting, at this point, to chase the glory days of year's past, when the Global ABS kicked off in Barcelona. The best party in 2007 was the Bear Stearns' gig on the beach! Talk about going out with a bang! So we are pleased that on Sunday, June 7, the 2009 “Swingin’ on a Star” benefit for the Five Acres charity in Southern California is being co-sponsored by national real estate valuation company PCV Murcor. Five Acres is a service that helps families at risk by looking after kids in domestic danger and offering in-home care, among other things, and its good to see those in our line of work taking up such a good cause. The event also honors Robert Floe for his exemplary service on behalf of children and families. Floe is on the board for Five Acres. He is a big proponent of corporate responsibility and actively encourages companies to get more involved in communities in need. Way to go Robert! Even more important, the event will transform the One Colorado Courtyard in Pasadena into a Marrakesh Bazaar, complete with food, visual stimuli and, wait for it, smooth jazz. HousingWire loves parties. In addition to PCV Murcor, other sponsors for the charity events include Planning Company Associates and Floe Financial Partners, both of Pasadena. Money well spent, we say.