Nicole collaborated with Michael Shannon to help raise awareness for Angels of East Africa. Shannon attended the Angels of East Africa Gala, November 2016 and graciously allowed his portrait to be painted by Nicole Troup to raise funds.

Nicole Troup with actor Michael Shannon at the Angels of East Africa Gala, November 4, 2017

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon is an American actor and musician. He made his film debut opposite Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993) and received widespread attention for his performance in 8 Mile (2002), where he portrayed the boyfriend of Eminem‘s character’s mother (Kim Basinger). Notable projects include Pearl Harbor (2001), Bad Boys II (2003), Bug (2006), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007), The Iceman(2012), Man of Steel (2013) and Elvis & Nixon (2016). He is also known for his role as Nelson Van Alden/George Mueller in the HBO period drama series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014).

Shannon has been twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, first for Revolutionary Road (2008) and again for Nocturnal Animals (2016). 99 Homes (2014) further earned him nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.


Angels of East Africa is a non-profit aid organization established to provide a better future for orphaned children of war in southern Sudan (and Eastern Africa). Angels of East Africa (AOEA) was founded in 1998 by Sam Childers, AKA, Machine Gun Preacher, who has rescued over 1500 orphaned children from starvation, disease and enslavement by brutal rebel armies in South Sudan.

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