*Sean “P Diddy” Combs has distanced himself from the controversy surrounding a breast cancer benefit show he hosted in October in New York. The beneficiaries are claiming they are yet to receive any money raised during the event.
A special Pink Party at Club Glo was hosted by P Diddy in Westbury on Oct. 14 to benefit local causes, including the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation and 1in 9; Breast Cancer Action Coalition.
There was a $1000 entry fee to party with the star and a $10 fee to get inside the bash. P Diddy himself was reportedly paid $80,000 for his presence, reports the New York Post.
The various breast cancer charities named as the recipients claim they have yet to receive any funds.
“We never got a penny,” said Carolyn Spector, director of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Foundation, which does breast-reconstruction and other operations for underprivileged patients. “Nothing was written down, but we were told we would get part of the take,” she said. “The terminology was ‘proceeds from the event.’ “
A staffer for the other charity, 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition, said, “It’s just a little embarrassing. People say, ‘How much did you raise for your programs?’ And we say, ‘We haven’t seen anything yet.’ “
P Diddy, on his part, says that the controversy does not concern him as he simply agreed to lend his name to the event and was not aware of the agreement between the charities and the club owner.
“I didn’t know what the [club] owner promised — that had nothing to do with me,” he told The Post. “I had no information about the charity. When the event was booked, it was just for an appearance. I agreed to let him add the charity because I thought it was a good idea.”
John Smythe, whose father, John Sr., owns Glo, said the club offered Spector and Geri Barish, the director of 1 in 9, a table where they could ask for handouts. The two then ordered drinks and wandered off, he claimed.
“They were working a table for donations,” he said. “But they left the table later and start drinking. Seemed like they were into partying.”
“That’s just a bunch of crapola,” Spector shot back. She said the charities were given a verbal promise of a portion of revenue from the bar or door.
“There was never any question of my setting up a table and trying to fund-raise on my own. That’s not the way we operate. There weren’t even chairs for us to sit down on. And I didn’t have anything to drink.”
A Glo spokeswoman then called the paper with a different story.
“It was agreed that if there was a profit, a portion of it would be given to the charity,” said flack Danielle Orsino. “But the night of the event, there was a torrential rainstorm. They expected thousands and only a few hundred showed up. So they lost money.”
The breast cancer organizations, meanwhile, allege there was plenty of money coming in that night. Guests were charged $10 at the door and $1,000 to sit with Diddy in a VIP area of Glo, a swanky club that holds more than 2,000.
“By 1 a.m., the place was packed,” said Spector.
The event, touted by the nightclub as a charitable takeoff of P. Diddy’s fabled “White Party” in the Hamptons, asked that guests wear a “splash of pink” in honor of October being the month of breast-cancer awareness.
But Diddy created a flap when he showed up not wearing any pink or even realizing he was expected to, the Post reports.