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OAfrica Celebrates Its First Annual Charity Gala With Rosario Dawson and Lisa Lovatt-Smith

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Last night, October 21, the newly minted OAfrica charity organization celebrated its first annual Charity Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. Gala Chair Rosario Dawson, Actress and Co-Founder of Studio One Eighty Nine, and Lisa Lovatt-Smith, founder of OAfrica, gathered friends, family and fellow philanthropists to celebrate the work of OAfrica with cocktails, dinner and a live-auction. All funds raised from the evening went directly towards OAfrica programs.

Guests were given copies of OAfrica’s founder, Lisa Lovatt-Smith’s upcoming memoir, Who Knows Tomorrow, published by Weinstein Books. It is an engaging, poignant, and surprisingly funny story about a woman who gave up luxury in order to change the world: one child at a time.

OAfrica’s mission is to empower vulnerable children and their families through support, eduction, and developmental programs. OAfrica also focuses on reintegrating children who have been separated from their families due to poverty, violence, trafficking, disease into safe, stable and loving households.

The evening’s sponsors included OAfrica’s Diamond Sponsor, which covered all event costs, Valentino, Franca Sozzani, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Hamish Bowles, Nana Brew-Hammond, ImanInès de la FressangePierpaolo PiccioliMargherita MissoniShala MonroqueAllison Sarofim, and Jamie Tisch.

Guests included Ben Stiller, Noona Smith-PetersenCarlos SouzaSelita Ebanks, Lauren Remington PlattLaura LoveZani GugelmannKate FoleyChloe MalleFabiola Beracasa, Dani Stahl, Nicole Phelps, Kelly Klein, Leigh Lezark, and Chelsea Leyland.
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