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The ‘A’ Fund in Hollywood

Vogue Magazine Event Sponsors HWS Scholarship

When Executive Producer and Creator of '24' John Cassar, 'Desparate Housewives' Actor Steven Culp and other Hollywood celebrities hung out poolside at the posh Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills recently, they weren't just checking out the latest trends in fashion, beauty and culture – they were also supporting an HWS scholarship.

Hosted by makeup icon Anastasia Soare, the event was one of Vogue Magazine's Evenings in Vogue, which feature the latest styles while sponsoring charities.

“For this event, Anastasia, a friend of mine, chose me to be her co-host after I told her that my son, Alexander, whom she adores, was named after my brother, Alexander,” explains Actress Lauren Holly, daughter of Professor of English Grant Holly. “My brother died in a fire when he was 14. Even at such a young age, he was passionate about archeology and architecture; two things that he, unfortunately, was never able to study. The 'A' Fund Scholarship is a wonderful way to honor his memory and help others who share his interests.”

Compelled by her friend's story, Anastasia decided that The 'A' Fund was the perfect charity for the event.

The 'A' Fund was started in 1992 by the Holly family and friends and colleagues to create a lasting tribute to Alexander, or 'A' as he was known. The 'A' Fund gives aid to Hobart and William Smith students entering their third year at the Colleges who are majoring in architecture or archeology.

“The Vogue event connected The 'A' Fund to a wider audience,” says Professor Holly. “We hope that it will open the possibility of increasing the scholarship and perhaps expanding what The 'A' Fund does for the Colleges.”

Donations from the evening's event included a generous gift from Vogue.

“All of us dream of making the Fund bigger and bigger,” explains Lauren Holly. “We'd love to create an 'A' Fund endowment, bring more and more professors to the architecture department at HWS, and perhaps even sponsor a chaired professorship in the department.”

For more information, visit the official Web site of The 'A' Fund.