I’ve been to a number of galas over the years, and even chaired one. The “Women Wear Crowns” inaugural gala for AWOM this month was one of the most fun on all levels. Created and designed by millennials, it wasn’t your usual gala. Checkout this photo gallery.

Think one long cocktail party with dancing and beautiful people watching (happily no one heard or cared about the new fashion trend of “oversize” fashion that camouflages the body). There were plenty of photographers and cool things to do. Or, as the invite described the gala, “ three stories of specialised cocktails, champagne tower, 360 photo booth, photographers, interviewee “Who are you wearing?”, four different dj’s setting the vibe with amazing music, and heartfelt speeches”. There was no sit down dinner, rather, passed hors d’oeuvre and light bites by the likes of Pretty Chefs, Etaru Restaurant, Yielding Seed, Wynwood Parlor, Courtneys Cookies, and Salty Donut.


It was held in the three story baroque Cruz Building with soaring atrium ceilings, stained-glass windows, marble staircases made for photo ops, European and French/New Orleans architectural antiques, and crystal chandeliers. Made for fantasy.


Everyone dressed to the nines, and just about all the women with crowns (and some men) —- bought, inherited or created. A visual illustrator took people’s pictures and then did a framed color drawing as a memento of the evening. Another favor were candy covered apples complete with princess- like glitter begging for a magic wand. Loved both.

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; Time Talks hosting support groups for individuals who have lost a loved one; AWOM relief aiding natural disasters; and AWOM thanksgiving and holidays providing 100 meals and gifts to underprivileged families.

The AWOM gala was a big success on all counts.  For sure, look for a return next year and yours truly will be there!


  1. Thanks for beautiful reportage!
    As always Karen Escalera is my favorite blogger!!🌟🌟🌟🌟🥂🌟🌟🌟❤️

  2. Karen, now I see what you were describing to me. How fun and over the top! Wish I was there that night.
    My fave tiara was the strawberry cheesecake hat.

    My brother-in-law Frank Weisberg is a ‘troimphe l’oiel’ painter and gifted us with a strawberry cheesecake
    portrait which hangs in our kitchen.

    Maybe I’ll ask him to make me a dessert tiara!

    You’re the best blogger extraordinaire!!!

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