Monday, May 21, 2007

A spot of tea with Victoria Rowell and Friends!

Hats off to Victoria Rowell and her organization, the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP) for a wonderful fundraising event held Sunday, May 20th, at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. Celebrities in attendance included Richard Roundtree, Angela Basset, Anna Marie Horsford, and Eric Benet just to name a few. Themed a High Tea at Noon, the glamorous event featured a star-studded hat show, auction, and live entertainment from popular songstress, Patti Austin. Each example of beautiful head wear was designed by milliner, Patricia Underwood, and helped earn several thousands of dollars for the support and enrichment of foster youth.

Representing some of America's top hat models were women from different walks of entertainment including Shaun Robinson, Pauletta Washington, and Victoria Rowell herself. And as the ladies worked the runway, hilarious comedian and actor, Anthony Anderson, worked the generous crowd as auctioneer. See the hats in motion below. Stronjay! Shantay!

Though no introduction was needed, actor Dennis Haysbert introduced the guest of honor, Oscar nominated actress, Angela Basset. Basset received the Agatha Award, named in honor of Rowell's primary foster mother, Agatha C. Wooten Armstead for her dedication in artistry. Hear a part of her acceptance speech below:

The RFCPP provides a variety of enrichment programs for foster youth. It has also awarded scholarships for fine arts, summer camps, sports, and job placement for young people released from the foster care system. Visit to get more information.

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