Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s 25th Angel Ball: A Resounding Success, Raising $2.8M+ for Cancer Research

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23:  A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research commemorated a landmark achievement with its 25th Annual Angel Ball, successfully amassing over $2.8 million. This illustrious event was spearheaded by co-founders: songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )

The glitzy evening, set against a backdrop of opulence and purpose, was hosted by the magnetic Tamron Hall, a two-time Emmy Award-winning TV Host. And while the stars shone brightly outside, inside they dazzled even more. The event celebrated not just the spirit of philanthropy but also the human connections and memories created in its fold.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Chloe Jane and Miri Ben-Ari perform onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Chloe Jane and Miri Ben-Ari perform onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Guests attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 24: A view of the venue during the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for American Ballet Theatre)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 24: A view of the venue during the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for American Ballet Theatre)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: A general view during the Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )

Among the celebrated attendees, Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, the foundation's co-founders, were visibly proud and overwhelmed. Their passion was evident as they mingled, laughed, and shared stories of the foundation's journey over the past two and a half decades.

The evening was not just about numbers or funds raised; it was about honoring those who, with their deeds, exemplified the foundation's mission. Richie Akiva, the hospitality tycoon; Monique Rodriguez, the visionary behind Mielle Organics; and philanthropic powerhouse Elizabeth Elting, all received honors. As Richie accepted his award from close friend Robin Thicke, there was a touching moment when Thicke reminisced, "Richie, I've had some of the best times of my life with you and through you, I found the love of my life, Ms. April Geary."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mary J. Blige, Mayor Eric Adams and Denise Rich attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mary J. Blige, Mayor Eric Adams and Denise Rich attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mary J. Blige performs onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mary J. Blige performs onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Allyson Tucker and Brian Stokes Mitchell attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Allyson Tucker and Brian Stokes Mitchell attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Ofira Schwartz, Mayor Eric Adams and Lorraine Schwartz attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Ofira Schwartz, Mayor Eric Adams and Lorraine Schwartz attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jean Shafiroff, Eric Adams and Ubah Hassan attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Jean Shafiroff, Eric Adams and Ubah Hassan attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Clive Davis and Michael Bolton attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Clive Davis and Michael Bolton attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Monique Rodriguez, Melvin Rodriguez and Mayor Eric Adams attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Monique Rodriguez, Melvin Rodriguez and Mayor Eric Adams attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tamron Hall and Dennis Basso attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tamron Hall and Dennis Basso attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Tina Knowles, Denise Rich and Star Jones attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Tina Knowles, Denise Rich and Star Jones attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )

And what's a gala without a little (or a lot) of entertainment? The stellar lineup featured the queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige, who took guests on a nostalgic journey with hits like "Real Life" and "No Drama." Robin Thicke's rendition of "Blurred Lines" ensured there wasn't a single seated soul, while Miri Ben-Ari's hip-hop violin performance was, in one word, mesmerizing.

The dance floor resonated with energy, especially when Grammy-winner Jermaine Dupri took over the music. It was not just a dance; it was a celebration – of hope, life, and relentless pursuit.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Chloe Jane and Miri Ben-Ari perform onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Chloe Jane and Miri Ben-Ari perform onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tamron Hall speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tamron Hall speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Clive Davis and Angelina Lipman attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Clive Davis and Angelina Lipman attend Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Julia Chatterley speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Julia Chatterley speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Sage Schachter, Denise Rich, Adrian Schachter and Ilona Rich Schachter speak onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Sage Schachter, Denise Rich, Adrian Schachter and Ilona Rich Schachter speak onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Marc J. Leder speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Marc J. Leder speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Dr. Stephen David Nimer speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Dr. Stephen David Nimer speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Star Jones speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Star Jones speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mayor Eric Adams speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Mayor Eric Adams speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tina Knowles speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Tina Knowles speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Sherece Bennett and Tina Knowles speak onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Sherece Bennett and Tina Knowles speak onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Michele Rella speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Michele Rella speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Richie Akiva speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 23: Richie Akiva speaks onstage at Angel Ball 2023 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation )

The luminous guest list read like a who's who of the entertainment and social world. The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Bobby Shmurda, Candace Bushnell (mentioned twice, because why not?), Clive Davis, Dennis Basso, Dylan Penn, Eric Bergen, G-Eazy, Emilia Fazzalari, Gretta Monahan, Julia Chatterley, Keni Silva, Lexi Wood, Luann de Lesseps, Michael Bolton & Heather Kerzner, Mayor Eric Adams, Monte Lippman, Nicole Miller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Montego Glover, Myles Frost, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Tina Knowles, Tobey Maquire, Tyrod Taylor, and Ubah Hassan graced the event, adding to its allure.

Amid the glamour, the core purpose remained central. The live and silent auctions were not just about the luxurious stays or the Lorraine Schwartz jewelry; they were about the promises and hope they represented. And with online auctions still ongoing, the foundation continues its mission, unfazed and unyielding.

As the night wrapped up and guests departed, they carried with them memories, experiences, and perhaps, a renewed commitment to a cause that binds us all. For, in the end, the Angel Ball is not just an event; it's a movement, a legacy, and a beacon of hope.

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