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21 November 2016
On Monday, November 21, 2016 Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation celebrated 20 years of funding lifesaving research with another successful night that raised nearly $3.7M!
The gala featured a packed pre-show red carpet with A-listers such as Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Kris Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Sir Bob Geldof, Jonathan Batiste, Montel Williams, Donna Karan and many more.
The evening honored the pioneering cancer research of Dr. Carl June of the University of Pennsylvania & also a member of the Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board. 11-year-old Emily Whitehead, who was cured of her cancer by Dr. June, expressed her gratitude to him and urged other children like her not to give up hope. Sir Bob Geldof quieted the crowd with a moving introduction of his dear friend, Australian philanthropist Heloise Pratt AM & Kris Jenner teared up during while speaking about her ex-husband, Robert, who was honored in memoriam after losing his battle to cancer at an early age.
Sarah, Duchess of York introduced President & Co-Founder, Denise Rich and presented her with a special gift. Gala Chairs Camilla Olsson, Lorraine Schwartz & Ofira Sandberg drew accolades from the crowd. Lorraine also served as a Gala Sponsor along with Le Metier de Beaute and Porsche.
The Live Auction, conducted with brio by Simon de Pury, featured packages such as a stay at the BRANDO in Tahiti, a 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, Lorraine Schwartz 18k blackened gold and purple sapphire earrings, as well as a trip to Spain’s elite SHA Wellness Clinic. Board Member Star Jones led the Giving Pledge section of the evening which raised an additional $200,000 for cancer research.
The Foundation’s Angel Ambassadors were on hand to celebrate including Brittany Daniel, Selenis Leyva, Ethan Zohn & Suleika Jaouad. Performances by Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart, Australian vocal powerhouses Jon Stevens & Vanessa Amorosi, CeeLo & Earth, Wind & Fire got the crowd on their feet & music by DJ Ruckus kept them on the dance floor till night’s end.
Special Thanks to our Gift Bag donors and Alcohol Partners, Svedka Vodka & Billionaire’s Row Champagne. View our full list of supporters, donors and in-kind sponsors here and follow this link to view our Facebook photo album.
Angel Ball garnered worldwide media coverage in such outlets as The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, InStyle, WWD, People and more. Money raised will support the nation’s leading cancer research scientists whose work focuses on finding less toxic treatments for those living with blood cancers.