Denise Rich’s 2014 Angel Ball for Cancer Research
Denise Rich’s annual Angel Ball for cancer research harkened back to its early days the other night when stars were aplenty. Now called Gabrielle’s Angel Ball, for Rich’s deceased daughter, the event was a raucous, fun affair at Cipriani Wall Street, NYC, with a surprise performance by a very pregnant Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx as emcee and later, Ludacris, who thrilled attendees with another surprise performance. Nile Rodgers also accepted an award and played his Chic hits to an enthusiastic crowd.
Not only that, it was like an US Weekly magazine cove story come to life, with Paris and Nikki Hilton, Kris Jenner, and Betheny Frankel all in the same room. Crazy! Plus Sofia Vergara and Michelle Rodriguez gave downtown New York City some Hollywood glitz.
But then again, so did the amazing Natalie Cole, who told me she’s off to Asia on a big tour before recording a new album. She looked splendid. Clive Davis commanded a big table, and was thrilled to see Alicia and Jamie – two of his artists – wow the crowd. Today Clive releases Aretha Franklin’s new album, already number 10 on amazon.com. Clive’s new discovery, Avery Wilson, also won over the room. It was nice to see everyone in black tie, dancing to hip hop chants! And it’s for a good cause. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has been extremely successful raising money for cancer research that has resulted in the development of new treatments.