Mary J. Blige Gets It Percolatin’ At The 25th Annual Angel Ball

New York’s event season is in full swing and there’s few galas quite like Denise Rich’s annual Angel Ball. Last night, Rich and her slew of well-dressed friends returned to Cipriani Wall Street to raise funds for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, which supports cancer research. Tamron Hall hosted the black tie evening, honoring hospitality entrepreneur, Richie Akiva; founder and CEO of Mielle Organics and founder of Mielle Cares, Monique Rodriguez; and founder and CEO of The Elizabeth Elting Foundation, Elizabeth Elting.

A live auction featured a restorative stay at Casa Maxence in Barcelona, a pair of earrings by Lorraine Schwartz Jewelry, a stay at ultra-luxury eco retreat Casa Loro provided by LVH Global, a private party at American Dream, and a luxurious stay at SHA Wellness Clinic. Additional funds were raised with a paddle raise led by Rich’s longtime bestie, Star Jones. Guests donating $1,000 or more also received an original painting by artist Fer Da Silva, which were on display in a large mosaic at the event. All together, these efforts helped the event raise a staggering $2.8 million.

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