Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised over $2.3 million at the Angel Ball Summer Gala, honoring Simone I. Smith and legendary model Maye Musk, in Southampton, NY, on August 20.
Pictured (L-R): Denise Rich, Lamar Cardinez and his wife Italia Smith Cardinez (LL Cool J’s daughter); LL Cool J, his wife Simone I. Smith, and their daughters, Nina Symone Smith and Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith.
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other related blood cancers.
The evening honored Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Founder Simone I. Smith jewelry, and legendary model Maye Musk (pictured).
Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter hosted the event in memory of Gabrielle Rich Aouad, to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.
Denise Rich is a renowned singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser. She has written hit songs for Sister Sledge, Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, and more.
Jill Martin, host of Shop TODAY with Jill Martin and Lifestyle Contributor to the TODAY Show served as the emcee for the event.
Dinner chairs included Mary J. Blige and Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch along with Honorary Chair, Brock Pierce who made a $100,000 contribution via cryptocurrency, the first crypto donation in the Foundation’s history.
Notable guests included: LL Cool J, pictured right with Honorary chair Jonathan Tisch; Isaac Boots, Lorraine Schwartz, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Pritika Swarup, Fer da Silva, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Blosette Kitson, Jean Shafiroff, Ronny Kobo, Stalking Gia, Dottie Herman, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Russell Simmons, Jonathan Tisch, Frank Rella, Michele Rella, Jean Shafiroff, Maribel Lieberman, Lizzie Asher, Casey Kohlberg, Nitin Gambhir and Elena Ulansky of Tethys Art, and many others.
Later in the evening, Star Jones led a paddle raise to help raise funds and Melyora de Koning, Senior Special Phillips Auction, led the event’s highly anticipated live auction which featured exclusive opportunities and items – including an original Peter Tunney; a luxury vacation to Discover Albany, Bahamas; Lorraine Schwartz earrings and a one-of-a-kind digital NFT artwork by Marcel Van Luit and Cutting Edge Apollo.
All Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation