Monday, May 19, 2008

Victoria Rowell's High Tea at Noon for Fostercare

It is often customary to remove your hat when entering a building, especially for men. But Sunday, at Victoria Rowell's annual High Tea at Noon fundraiser, an eye-catching hat appeared to be the price of admission. From elaborate church ladies' favorites to simply brimmed chapeaux, hats were definitely the talk of the room.

But on a more serious note, hats were also a creative reminder of why we were really at the Beverly Hills Hotel on a beautiful Sunday morning instead of our usual weekend escapism--to raise funds for foster children. Throughout the year the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP) provides mentorship and hands-on assistance to youth in foster care, giving them greater opportunities to lead full and productive lives as adults.

And to help Victoria raise awareness and the money these kids really need, she invites her friends, associates, and corporate sponsors to join her each year for a spot of tea and a fun filled afternoon of fundraising. Here are some highlights from this year's event:

The Hat Show:

The hats were designed by Patricia Underwood and underneath her creations were some recognizable faces: Ambassador Attalah Shabazz, Cookie Johnson, actresses Brenda Epperson (The Young and the Restless), Diane Amos (the Pine Sol lady) and Journee Smollet (The Great Debators), choreographer, Fatima, and R&B singer, Kenny Latimore.

Captain Barrington Irving's Acceptance Speech:

Captain Irving was presented the Soars to Inspire Award by famed actress, Angela Basset. At the age of 23, Irving is the youngest and first-ever African American to fly solo around the world. To learn more about Barrington visit his site at and his blog chronicling his amazing flight HERE

Stephanie Mills Performance:

And last but definitely not least, the award-winning vocal powerhouse, Stephanie Mills, sang the crowd favorite, Home.

Also at the event Academy Award winner, Morgan Freeman and his wife, Myrna Colley Lee, received the Agatha Award, named after Rowell's primary foster mother, Agatha C. Wooten Armstead. Unfortunately, Morgan was not present.

To learn more about the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP) visit it's website here at And if you liked this year's hat show, check out my coverage of last year's event HERE.

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