Nile Rodgers & Chic perform

*Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation hosted its signature fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday, October 17, 2011 at Cipriani Wall Street.

The black-tie benefit was presented by Grammy-nominated song writer Denise Rich and her daughter Daniella Rich Kilstock and featured a cocktail reception, dinner, show and both live and silent auctions.

This year’s gala honored four exemplary individuals for their contributions to cancer research and philanthropic endeavors: Dr. Khalid Bin Jabor Al-Thani, founder of the Qatar National Cancer Society; artist Romero Britto; supermodel and philanthropist, Naomi Campbell; and Vladislav Doronin, founder Capital Group.

The Angel Ball was hosted by Entertainment Tonight correspondent Samantha Harris and featured dazzling performances by Patti Labelle, the winner of “The Voice” Javier Colon and Nile Rodgers & CHIC.

Angel Ball Honorees Vladislav Doronin (left) and Naomi Campbell (right) with Denise Rich (center)

The star-studded event attracted A-List celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, LaLa Anthony, Eve, Shontelle, Clive Davis, Natalie Cole, Lorraine Bracco, Solange Knowles, Tina Knowles, Tommy Hilfiger, Sandra Lee, Russell Simmons, Star Jones, Michael Michele, Ivana Trump, Stephen Baldwin, Former Governor David Patterson, and Angel Ambassadors Ethan Zohn and Estelle.  This was a party with a purpose and guests danced through the night to the sounds of DJ Cassidy.

Angel Ball board member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz returned as gala sponsor.  Michèle Rella served as gala chair; Michael Holtzman, partner, Brown Lloyd James, and Alina M. Shriver, president, Shriver Art, served as dinner chairs. Simon de Pury, chairman, Phillips de Pury & Co., hosted the live auction featuring an array of luxury items.  (Photo Credits: Jamie McCarthy and Theo Wargo / WireImage)

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was created in 1996 by Denise Rich and her daughters in memory of her daughter Gabrielle Rich Aouad who passed away at the age of 27 after a long and valiant struggle with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).  It was Gabrielle’s wish that a foundation be created to help spare others the suffering that she endured.

The mission of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation is to fund basic and clinical medical research in both conventional and integrative disciplines which focus on prevention, treatment and quality of life issues of leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.

To date, the Foundation has awarded over $13 million in Medical Research Awards making Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation one of the largest non-governmental sources of grant support to blood cancer researchers at the nation’s leading institutions.

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.