The 25th anniversary of the Angel Ball Summer Gala was destined to be different. It was the first time that Denise Rich moved her charity event from Manhattan to the Hamptons, and though the location changed, the magic of the evening remained the same. The charity event was created in memory of Rich’s daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, which funds the best and brightest early-career scientists whose research focuses on finding less toxic treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood cancers. And this year, Friday’s Angel Ball Summer Gala raised over $2.3 million for blood cancer research.
Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter hosted the event at The Muses in Southampton in honor of designer Simone I. Smith and the iconic Maye Musk. Jill Martin, host of Shop TODAY with Jill Martin and Lifestyle Contributor to the TODAY Show, served as the emcee for the event, and dinner chairs included Mary J. Blige, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch along with Honorary Chair, Brock Pierce Foundation.
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