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Rochelle Robinson grew up in the Pacific Northwest immersed in the performance, musical, and fine arts, as well as athletics – from skiing in the water to skiing in the sleet and snow, to cycling around the velodrome. While studying fine art and the musical genre of jazz at the University of Washington she put both her passion for and experience in the arts into helping to create the Washington State Academic Achievement Standards for the Arts by serving on both the Arts and Standards Revision committees. She later completed a Master of Arts in Teaching at The University of Puget Sound and Master of Arts in Liberal Arts at St. John's College Graduate Institute. As an aspiring artist, as well as an educator, she is still intrigued by the creative process and what ensues as a result. Currently, she is developing a poetry blog called A Writer's Space and has co-written both a children's picture book and pilot for a children's TV show. Rochelle also works as an elementary school librarian and advanced reading teacher for a small private school in the valley. She is in the midst of developing a new business named Watercolor Weddings by Rochelle and is developing a series of paintings and conceptual artworks, the first of which is currently on display at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. She hopes to inspire Miss A readers to explore, experience and get involved, as she sets out to bring a touch of the literary, fine and performing arts that are happening here in Los Angeles to our readers.

Recap: 10th Annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon At Beverly Wilshire Hotel To Benefit Lupus LA

Lupus LA hosted their 10th annual Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 1, marking a grand milestone for the organization’s efforts to facilitate growing awareness about what lupus is, providing guidance for those who suffer from the disease and funding research to ultimately identify a cure. The sold-out event featured a stunning fashion show of flowing evening gowns created by international designer Kevan Hall and a silent auction of salivation-worthy handbags graciously donated by fine Los Angeles boutiques, directly by designers of Fendi, Prada, Versace and Gucci collections, as well as by philanthropic celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Toni Braxton and the always fashionable Sharon Stone, who actually served as the auctioneer.

Sharon Stone, Auctioneering Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012

Sharon Stone, Auctioneering Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012 (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images, Courtesy of Lupus LA)

Runway Models for Kevan Hall's Fashion Show

Runway Models for Kevan Hall’s Fashion Show at Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012 (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images, Courtesy of Lupus LA)

Hosted by Adam Selkowitz, Chairman of the Executive Council of Lupus LA, the Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon branched even beyond handbags by offering a LA Stay-cation for two at The London West Hollywood, including the hotel’s famous “Breakfast Table,” a dining experience at Craig’s, tickets to “Dancing with the Stars” and a custom designed shawl by Kevan Hall. Attendees could also bet their odds at winning the right to view the newest collections of top designers and accrue tickets to Oscar De La Renta, Tadashi Shoji and The Charlotte Ronson’s Fashion Shows, while enjoying a 5-day stay at The London NYC for New York’s Fashion Week. Indeed, The Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon allowed for grand indulgences, but the benefit of the cause far outweighed any potential guilt, I’m sure.

Kevin Hall

Kevan Hall at his Fashion Show of evening gowns for Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012 (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images, Courtesy of Lupus LA)

Phil Lewis and Adam Selkowitz

Phil Lewis (left) and Adam Selkowitz, Lupus LA Chairman (right) on red carpet of Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012 (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images, Courtesy of Lupus LA)

Lupus LA, the West Coast division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, was founded by Daniel Wallace, MD in 2000. He is a renowned physician, author, attending physician in the rheumatology division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Because of Dr. Wallace’s expertise and leadership, the partnership with Lupus Research Institute and the powerhouse of Hollywood elites behind him, Lupus LA has been able to facilitate growing awareness, fund scientific research and provide tremendous support to many of the 60,000 people who suffer from lupus in Los Angeles County.

Toni Braxton

Tony Braxton, six-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Lupus LA Executive Council member, and “Woman of Achievement” Honoree at Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, 2012 (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images, Courtesy of Lupus LA)

Lupus LA runs many spectacular fundraising events year round; from the star-studded Get Lucky for Lupus LA poker tournament, Orange Ball gala evening, to a Wellness Day event, and participates as one of the top fundraising charities of the LA Marathon. They also run monthly support groups, educational programs and workshops. You too can get informed, give support and get “In the Loop” to begin helping the 1.5 million people in the U.S. affected by the elusive and often debilitating autoimmune disease called lupus.

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