Denise Rich’s 2014 Angel Ball for Cancer Research

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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 a US Weekly magazine cove story come to life, with Paris and Nikki Hilton, Kris Jenner, and Bethenny Frankel all in the same room. Crazy! Plus Sofia Vergara and Michelle Rodriguez gave downtown New York City some Hollywood glitz only Denise Rich could make happen.

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 in raising money for cancer research that has resulted in the development of new treatments.

Pre Ball Coverage from Haute Living

Denise Rich and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation hosted the 2014 Angel Ball Launch Party at TAO Downtown in New York last night. The cocktail party serves as the exclusive VIP kick-off event in anticipation of the Foundation’s signature annual gala, the Angel Ball. Guests included 2014 Angel Ball Gala Chair Lorraine Schwartz, Star Jones, Ivana Trump, Ethan Zohn and many more. This year’s generous donors included TAO Downtown, Haute Living Magazine, Jose Cuervo, Reyka Vodka, Forever Young wine, Voss Water, Champagne Taittinger, Notorious Pink, and Passion XO.

Read more from I On The Scene: HERE.

About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...