Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Presented By Starz held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 24, 2011 in Beverly Hills

*Viola Davis will receive the Women of Style award at the 20th annual Divine Design Benefit, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.

This is how it works: a team assembles the event all year, and they call in to all the major designers to donate merchandise for Project Angel Food, which brings meals to the homes of AIDS patients who are incapacitated. They get everything from Juicy Couture sweats to Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta gowns, leather jackets, handbags — and every day, the prices go down.

Those invited to the gala on Wednesday night will get the first crack at shopping, before and after the event. Thursday night is VIP shopping. Then from Friday to Monday, Dec. 12, the space is open to the public to shop to their hearts’ content.

In addition to Davis’ Woman of Style Award, Patricia Field, best known for her costumes for “Sex and the City,” and its movies, will receive the Fashion Visionary Award. And Bouchon and French Laundry’s Thomas Keller will be named iconic chef and restauranteur. Kristen Chenoweth will perform.