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Chanoa Chen is a fashion professional and freelance writer with a penchant for international travel. Her fashion expertise and credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Miami International University of Art & Design in addition to over a decade of experience working and volunteering in the fashion industry. Chanoa has worked or volunteered for a number of established industry names including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Guess, Zara and Miami Fashion Week. Her professional experience has found her working in several different sectors from retail management to wholesale representation.

Her work as a freelance journalist, magazine writer and blogger specializes in fashion, music, luxury goods and lifestyle and may be found in sources that include QVC Insider Germany, Examiner.com, Time Warner and Tilllate Magazine.

Chanoa hails from upstate New York and was largely raised in South Florida. While South Florida continues to be one of her home bases, Ms. Chen also spends her time living in Eastern Europe – with colder months spent in Belgrade, Serbia and warmer months on the coasts of the Adriatic Sea in Montenegro. Chanoa speaks the languages of former Yugoslavia (Montenegrin/Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian) in addition to some Spanish and she is currently studying Italian in her free time.

Baby2Baby Helps Babies in Los Angeles

The County of Los Angeles has a charitable foundation looking out for the needs of its low-income families with babies. Baby2Baby Baby2Babysecures donations of baby care products as well as monetary donations working with dozens of local partners – homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, children’s hospitals, Head Start programs and others. These partners specifically include such names as Topanga Women’s CirclePediatric Therapy Network, Girls & Gangs, Angel Interfaith Network and many more.

Presidents Kelly Patricof and Norah Weinstein

Presidents Kelly Patricof and Norah Weinstein

Presidents Kelly Patricof and Norah Weinstein prove the strength in numbers as they gather support from a number of sources – the Baby2Baby founders, donors, volunteers, a board of directors and the Baby2Baby Angels. The organization hosts twice weekly volunteer events in Wilshire offering music and complimentary coffee to create a fun environment for helping others. Volunteers may help to sort and deliver goods or even host baby showers or baby products drives to help the cause.

Baby2Baby Event

Baby2Baby Event

The annual Baby2Baby gala is another source of support and awareness for the organization. It’s attended by numerous celebrities and sponsored by numerous business organizations. In fact, many of the celebrities seen in attendance are actually directly involved with the charity. Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie are among the charity’s board members and the Baby2Baby Angels include Drew Barrymore, Selma Blair, Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe, Michelle Monaghan and several other famous figures.

Appropriate local product donations include baby food, diapers, nursing bras, breast pumps, stuffed animals and other new items in addition to gently used donations such as cribs, strollers, high chairs, crib monitors and clothing. Please click here to learn more about getting involved!

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