Gabrielle's Angel Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Star-Studded Angel Ball 2023

Honoring Richie Akiva & Elizabeth Elting
Gabrielle's Angel Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Star-Studded Angel Ball 2023

New York, NY (September 12, 2023) – Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research announced today that their annual signature fundraiser, the Angel Ball, hosted by Co-Founders, songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Monday, October 23rd at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York City.

Celebrating Humanitarian Excellence at the Star-Studded Angel Ball 2023

The star-studded event, known for its amazing live entertainment and celebrity participants, honors outstanding individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research. This year, the Angel Ball will honor Hospitality Entrepreneur Richie Akiva and Founder and CEO of The Elizabeth Elting Foundation, Elizabeth Elting. Honorary Chairs of the Gala include Amy & Brian France, Marc J. Leder and Warren Lichtenstein.

Two-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host, Journalist & Author Tamron Hall will emcee the black-tie fête, treating guests to exciting live performances. Later, they will dance the night away to music by Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Jermaine Dupri.

A Heartfelt 25-Year Tribute to Gabrielle's Angel: Hope, Faith, and a Shared Resolve

"It is bittersweet to celebrate 25 years of The Angel Ball in honor of my late daughter, Gabrielle, but it also fills me with much faith and hope," said Denise Rich, Founder of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation. "Gabrielle's band of angels grows year after year, as does their resolve to eradicate leukemia and lymphoma once and for all so that no parent or loved one ever feels such pain again. Each Angel Ball brings us closer to that goal, with Gabrielle lighting the way."

Sponsors and Auctions: A Star-Studded Evening of Generosity at the Angel Ball 2023

Cincoro Tequila, Farfetch, and Lorraine Schwartz will present the evening, along with additional sponsors, including Dennis & Co., Valmont, Whispering Angel, and IKRAA Caviar. Jamie McDonald will conduct the live auction, and Star Jones will lead the paddle raise. Charitybuzz will host a silent auction online from October 17th to October 30th. This year the Gala will also present a dedicated art auction which will feature works by Peter Tunney, Mr. Brainwash, Romero Britto, Bradley Theodore, Halim Flowers, Ross Pino, and more.

25 Years of Impact: Gabrielle's Angel Foundation's Pioneering Cancer Research Journey

Since 1996,  Gabrielle's Angel Foundation has funded over $41 million in research grants  to the best and brightest early cancer scientists whose research focuses on finding better treatments, preventions and cures  for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related blood cancers. The Foundation is grateful for the support of many longtime donors and friends. Most recently, in January, film producer Thomas Pierce hosted the first edition of the Aspen Snow Ball in support of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and the launch of Children's Oncology Support Fund (COSF) founded by Pierce. As a result of the spectacular event, the Foundation was able to fund two research grants with proceeds raised at the fête.

For ticketing for Angel Ball 2023, please call: (646) 861-2033 or email: or visit: For more information please visit


Tamron Hall: A Fifth Season Milestone

Two-time Emmy® Award-winning journalist and author Tamron Hall is Executive Producer and host of the nationally syndicated talk show "Tamron Hall," which returned for a fifth season on September 5, 2023. Entering a fifth season marks an impressive milestone for Hall, making her one of only a few journalists in television history to achieve this accomplishment. Hall was also recently nominated for Outstanding Daytime Talk Series Host for the upcoming 2023 Daytime Emmys, which she has been honored with for the show twice before. Her win in 2020 marked the first time a freshman host received the accolade.

Tamron Hall's Impact on Daytime Television

Since September 2019, Hall's talk show offers a relatable, informative voice in daytime TV. The "Tam Fam" adores her. With 30+ years in journalism, she asks tough questions and engages in thoughtful conversations. The show covers personal and fun topics, connecting viewers with stories shaping our world daily.

Unforgettable Moments from "Tamron Hall"

"Tamron Hall" is the second longest-running Disney-produced syndicated talk show. It's among TV's highest-rated daytime shows. The show featured impactful moments in the past season. This included an on-site Uvalde special after a school shooting. It also addressed the banned books controversy with guest opinions. "Tamron Hall" featured powerful interviews with changemakers and extraordinary individuals. Exclusive interviews with Usher and a look at his Vegas residency. Sit-downs with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. One-on-one conversations with Erykah Badu, Salt-N-Pepa, Niecy Nash-Betts, and more. Guests like Angela "Blac Chyna" White, Elizabeth Smart, Tanya Tucker, and Terrell Owens were also featured.

A Diverse Lineup of Guests on the Show

Over the past seasons, "Tamron Hall" has welcomed a diverse lineup of entertainment, sports, and lifestyle headline-makers, including Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Patti LaBelle, Matthew McConaughey, Regina King, Steph Curry, Mary J. Blige, Melissa Etheridge, and Kelly Rowland. Additionally, Hall sat down with award-winning actress Janelle Monáe, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and poet, activist, and TIME's 2020 Person of the Year Amanda Gorman.

Hall's love of fashion remains a core element of the show with the stylish host spotlighting the hottest up-and-coming designers, sharing her favorite deals with a weekly segment called "Shop Tam Fam," as well as the latest do-it-yourself hacks, crafting trends, and cooking and baking demos.

Tamron Hall's Expanding Literary and TV Ventures

Hall's 2021 debut novel, "As the Wicked Watch," is the first installment of her critically acclaimed "Jordan Manning" mystery series with the highly anticipated second book set to release in 2024. Hall also hosts Court TV's original true-crime series, "Someone They Knew With Tamron Hall," which returned for a second season in February 2023.

Tamron Hall's Contributions Beyond Television

Tamron Hall hosted "Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall" on Investigation Discovery for six seasons. The show explored shocking national crimes. She co-hosted the third hour of "TODAY" and "TODAY's Take" for three years. Tamron Hall anchored "MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall." She received the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for Reporting in Network Television. The award was for her segment on domestic violence in "TODAY's Shine A Light" series. Hall hosted special reports for MSNBC and NBC News. One such report, "Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall," was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. She served as a correspondent for "The Inauguration of Barack Obama," an Emmy Award-winning special in 2010.

Awards and Honors Celebrating Tamron Hall

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation honored Hall with two Gracie Awards: first in 2020 for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment and in 2022 for Best On-Air Talent. She earned a spot on the 2022 Variety500 list, which recognizes influential business leaders shaping the global media industry. "Tamron Hall" received 13 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, 4 NAACP Image Award nominations, a GLAAD Media Award nomination, and an Iris Award nomination.

Tamron Hall's Passion for Social Causes

In March 2023, in celebration of Women's Herstory Month, the New York City Council honored Hall with a proclamation for Outstanding Service and Achievements. In July 2022, she was appointed to the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) and served as an industry ambassador, working on campaigns and fundraising efforts to help shape the Foundation's future.

Tamron Hall: A Versatile Media Icon

Hall is devoted to causes like domestic violence, homelessness, and literacy, supporting various organizations over the years. She partnered with Safe Horizon, launching The Tamron Renate Fund to aid domestic violence victims and families. Safe Horizon honored her with the Voice of Empowerment Award in 2014. Day One, an NYC-based advocacy group, recognized her with the Ackerman Family Advocate Award for raising awareness. Hall also shares her journey with In vitro fertilization and becoming a first-time mom at 48.

A native of Luling, Texas, Hall holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. She currently lives in New York with her husband and son.

About Richie Akiva

Richie Akiva, a native New Yorker, embodies the essence of hospitality entrepreneurship. With a career spanning over 30 years, Akiva is a visionary who curates unparalleled experiences. His fascination with nightlife culture began at the age of 16 and has since blossomed into a thriving global career, collaborating with prominent names in fashion, music, and entertainment. This trajectory continues to evolve and gather momentum.

Beyond his initial reputation as a nightlife impresario, Akiva has transcended to become an acclaimed icon and entrepreneur in the realms of hospitality, pop culture, and cultural relevance. Leveraging his extensive network and esteemed reputation, Akiva dedicates his time to philanthropic pursuits. He chairs multiple charities and takes the lead in initiatives for significant nonprofit organizations. He consistently prioritizes supporting causes that are close to his heart and those that impact his community.

Akiva's most recent venture, The Ned NoMad, stands as New York's latest luxury membership club and hotel, exuding an aura of pure sophistication intertwined with vintage New York charm. Operating under the Membership Collective Group umbrella, this endeavor marks a significant hospitality collaboration for Akiva, aligning him with Executive Chairman Ron Burkle.

In his role, Akiva assumes responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the establishment, ranging from the hotel and its various food and beverage outlets to programming, music entertainment, menu offerings, and the meticulous curation of memberships. The premises encompass a 165-room hotel alongside a multi-level private members' club. This exquisite space boasts meticulously crafted lounge rooms reminiscent of prohibition-era opulence, alongside a selection of restaurants and lounges.

About Liz Elting

Liz Elting is an entrepreneur, business leader, linguaphile, philanthropist, feminist, and mother. Liz founded TransPerfect in 1992 after global experiences in five countries. She served as Co-CEO until 2018. TransPerfect is the world's largest language solutions company. It boasts over $1.1 billion in revenue and offices in 100+ cities globally. Liz received the 2019 Charles Waldo Haskins Award from NYU's Stern School of Business. She also earned the American Heart Association's 2020 Health Equity Leadership Award. In 2021, she won the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs' Vertex Award. In 2022, Liz received the American Heart Association's Woman Changing the World Award. She was honored with Trinity College's 2022 Kathleen O'Connor Boelhouwer '85 Alumni Initiative Award.

Liz is a NOW Woman of Power & Influence. She's been named Woman of the Year by American Express and Entrepreneur magazine. Forbes recognizes her as one of the Richest Self-Made Women annually. Liz Elting authored "Dream Big and Win: Translating Passion into Purpose and Creating a Billion-Dollar Business."

About Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation supports early career scientists researching less toxic treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, and blood cancers.
Founded in 1996, it's provided over $41 million in grants, a major non-governmental source for blood cancer research. On average, eighty-eight cents of every dollar raised directly funds research.

The Foundation, for over two decades, honors Gabrielle's legacy through funding innovative cancer research ideas.

On Twitter @CureCancerNow

On Facebook, Instagram @GabriellesAngels

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