It was a really special weekend for me. My mom came down for her birthday and to celebrate my dear friend, costume designer Patricia Field, as she received the Humanitarian Award at the 14th annual Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) Holiday Gala. An inspiring evening where $3.6 million was raised for villages in rural Armenia.
Hosted by Emmy & Tony Award-winning actress Andrea Martin (fun fact, my mom used to waitress at her dad’s restaurant), Patricia was presented the award by actress and singer, Vanessa Williams who she worked with on the TV series, Ugly Betty with. There was a lovely tribute to her work, including clips from Sex and the City, Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Ugly Betty, featured above.
Later in the evening Vanessa Williams came back on stage to sing on of her Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning songs, “Colors of the Wind”. Several performers from traveled Armenia for the special event. It was a very inspiring evening, 100% of the $3.6 million raised at the Gala goes directly toward COAF’s education, health and socio-economic programs in the villages of Armenia, with a focus on its SMART initiative. SMART is a unique initiative designed to bring digital technology, education, programs in music and art, sustainable agriculture training and more to rural Armenian villages.
Learn more at coafkids.org