Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, and 13-time Billboard No. 1 recording artist Deborah Cox thrilled a star-studded audience at the fourth annual Project Angel Food ‘Circle of Angels Garden Party’ on Sunday, March 31, at the Hollywood Hills home of Tim Robinson and Bob Cohen.
Opening with her hit Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here, which spent 14 weeks on Billboard’s R&B charts, Ms. Cox also performed I Will Always Love You and Run to You from her most recent album, a tribute to Whitney Houston. In an emotional moment, Deborah brought Allan Rich, who wrote Run to You, to the stage. In another moment, she payed homage to longtime Project Angel Food supporter and Board of Trustees member Sheryl Lee Ralph (Claws, Fam, Dream Girls), who donated $10,000 to provide a day’s worth of meals in honor of her mother, Ivy, who passed away in October. Ms. Cox had 300 guests dancing as she closed her 20-minute set with the Houston hit I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).
Actor and comedian Hal Sparks (Talk Soup, Queer As Folk, Lab Rats) was emcee and auctioneer for the live auction for packages including dinners, luxury items and travel packages to Mexico and New York. One of the hottest items was a private dinner at the new home of Million Dollar Listing star Josh Flagg, who also was in attendance. Over 50 people donated $500 each for the invitation, raising $25,000.
The Project Angel Food ‘Circle of Angels Garden Party’ set an event record, according to Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub, raising over $175,000 to feed people who are facing life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, or heart failure. Actress Jennifer Tilly, celebrity medium Char (CharVision, RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Lawrence Zarian (Home & Family) were also in attendance.
Since its inception in 1989, Project Angel Food has prepared and delivered 11.5 million meals – currently 12,000 per week – free of charge to men, women and children living with critical illnesses. Project Angel Food has expanded its initial mission from serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for those combatting cancer, kidney failure, diabetes and congestive heart disease. More than 98% of Project Angel Food clients are living at or below poverty level.
Photos and video are posted at: https://www.angelfood.org/events/past-events/