Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation To Host 25th Annual Angel Ball Honoring Richie Akiva & Elizabeth Elting

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation To Host 25th Annual Angel Ball Honoring Richie Akiva & Elizabeth Elting


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.

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, Founder and CEO, Mielle Organics and Founder, Mielle Cares Monique Rodriguez, and Founder and CEO of The Elizabeth Elting Foundation Elizabeth Elting. Honorary Chairs of the Gala include Amy & Brian FranceMarc J. Leder and Warren Lichtenstein.

Guests at the black-tie fête, emceed by Two-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host, Journalist & Author Tamron Hall, will be treated to exciting live performances and later dance the night away to music by Grammy Award winning, R&B legend, Jermaine Dupri.

"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."

The evening will be presented by Cincoro Tequila, Farfetch and Lorraine Schwartz, with additional sponsors including Dennis & Co., Valmont, Whispering Angel and IKRAA Caviar. The live auction will be conducted by Jamie McDonald along with a paddle raise led by Star Jones.  A silent auction will be hosted by Charitybuzz and will run online from October 17th – 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.

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.

Angel Ball is excited to add a 3rd Honoree to the evening – the amazing Monique Rodriguez, founder and visionary behind Mielle, the fastest growing, Black-founded, and women-led beauty brand offering quality, natural products for textured hair consumers.

Monique Rodriguez is the founder and visionary behind Mielle – the fastest growing, Black-founded and women-led beauty brand offering quality, natural products for textured hair consumers. After her own personal healthy hair care journey went viral on social media, Monique launched Mielle in 2014 with just one product, the Mint Almond Oil. Today, Mielle is a global sensation, with orders in nearly 90 countries around the world. The brand's products can be found in more than 100,000 stores across the U.S. in retailers such as CVS, Rite Aid, Sally Beauty, Target, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Her brand's widespread popularity has amassed 1 million followers on social media, affectionately called Mielle Mavens.
Through education, innovation and transparency, Mielle has earned the trust and loyalty of consumers, cultivating a devoted community and ultimately attracting the attention and support of investors. In 2021, Monique became the first Black woman to raise a non-controlling, nine-figure investment from Berkshire Partners, and in 2023, Mielle announced its historic partnership with P&G Beauty.

Monique has been featured in publications including Allure, Business of Fashion, Cosmopolitan, Essence, Glamour, Inc, Vogue and WWD. She has been a guest on popular national daytime talk shows like Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The Real, and The Wendy Williams Show. Monique's accomplishments in the beauty industry have been recognized by the Glossy 50 (2021), WWD's Beauty Industry's Next Generation Power Players (2022), Fast Company Brands That Matter (2022), and BeautyMatters Future50 (2023). She also serves on the Executive Leadership Advisory Boards for Hope Chicago and Building Better Futures.

Monique's success has defined her as a leader in the business community, inspiring women and young girls alike. Driven by her faith and purpose, Monique is passionate about helping women and small business owners around the world reach their potential. From her Secret Sauce to Success annual retreat, to the Mielle Global Education & Entrepreneurship program and the work of the Mielle Cares nonprofit, Monique strives to provide Black and brown communities with education, mentorship and financial support. When Monique isn't working tirelessly to position Mielle as "The Textured Hair Care Authority," she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and making memories with her husband Melvin and their two daughters.

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