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Peter Copping Joins the Colleagues at Annual Luncheon

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The creative director of Oscar de la Renta showed his support for the annual charity event on Tuesday.

After making his debut at the Colleagues' annual luncheon last year, Oscar de la Renta creative director Peter Copping returned for the charity event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday morning.

"It's a very important charity here in Los Angeles — it was something that Oscar and the house cared about very much, and it's nice to keep that tradition alive," Copping told Pret-a-Reporter of his continuous support for the afternoon affair, which is held annually in support of the Children's Institute, Inc.'s work towards helping kids in L.A. heal from community violence.

Copping was joined by Emmy-nominated actress and LightWorkers Media president Roma Downey, who was honored with the Colleagues Champion of Children Award this year.

HOST AND HONOREE: Kate Flannery, left, and Roma Downey (Photo: Getty Images)

Downey expressed being "humbled to be able to follow in the footsteps of such amazing honorees from the past." Previous recipients of the award include Sherry Lansing, Maria Shriver, Anjelica Huston and husband Robert Graham and former first ladies Laura Bush, Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan.

The Colleagues president Barbera Thornhill paid tribute to the late Reagan, who passed away in March, noting that the former first lady had been involved with the Colleagues since 1962 and "helped make our organization what we are today. She attended the luncheon every year. We honor her today and we miss her terribly."

During Tuesday's luncheon, hosted by The Office alum Kate Flannery, guests were treated to a fashion show that showcased Copping's Oscar de la Renta fall 2016 collection.

Though Copping says he enjoys visiting L.A., his latest jaunt to the West Coast is a short one. "I leave this evening, so it's a very quick trip, which is a shame because I love Los Angeles," said the designer, who was welcomed with open arms by the society ladies attending the fancy occasion. "Unfortunately, I couldn't work it out this time."

Understandably so, considering the Met Gala is set to take place next Monday. When asked what we can expect on May 2, the designer remained tight-lipped other than, "No, I don't want to tempt fate." Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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