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(l. to r.) Ariel Penzer, Vice President, and Sarah Akiba, Founder of AWOM

Last year, having had such a great time, I looked forward to the second annual gala, for AWOM, my favorite in town . And better yet, the theme — Kings and Queens of the Jungle — was sure to make a creative bunch even more creative.  Created and designed by millennials, it wasn’t your usual gala. Check out the fashion spotting at this photo gallery.

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Yours truly with my newest fashion accessory, a parrot

Think one long cocktail party with dancing and beautiful people watching.

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There were plenty of photographers and instagrammable worthy decor — models decked out in feathers, a jungle like corner cleverly created from colored balloons of all sizes and shapes , oversize mirrors bedecked with flowers that fell over onto the floor, floral chandeliers and more.

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There was no sit down dinner, rather, passed hors d’oeuvre and light bites by the likes of Bagatelle, LU, Lunchology, The plantisserie, and Salty Donut and no lack of bars.

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Lounge area for VIPs

Held at Wynwood29, the former home of the Rubell Collection, the walls were covered with photo blowups of lush landscapes with waterfalls, fluorescent colored lighting upped the glam quotient, and sweet lounge areas for VIPs featured curvaceous white chaises and tables overflowing with all matters of wine and select liquors and a buffet.

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Everyone dressed to the nines, and just about all the women with elaborate headdresses or crown (and some men) —- bought, inherited or created.

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And, unlike a lot of other galas, everyone danced.

 

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The gala was for the benefit of the Angel Watching Over Me Foundation whose founder and driving force is Sarah Akiba. It raises funds for several different programs including a girls club promoting leadership and mentorship in innercity schools.

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It also contributes to Time Talks hosting support groups for individuals who have lost a loved one; AWOM relief aiding natural disasters; and AWOM thanksgiving and holidays providing 200 meals and gifts to underprivileged families.

 

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The AWOM gala was an even bigger success on all counts (word spread from last year).  For sure, look for a return next year and yours truly will be there!

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