She may be @BadGalRiRi to us, but don’t let that fool you – Rihanna is also a do-gooder.
The superstar announced on Thursday the first annual Diamond Ball to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, which aims to improve the quality of life for communities around the globe in the areas of health, education, arts and culture. The black tie event will take place on Dec. 11 at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills.
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Rih started the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012 in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.
“There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started,” she said in a statement. “I’m excited to continue my work and thrilled to be able to host the Diamond Ball – a night that promises to be elegant and inspirational.”
Rihanna was inspired to create the foundation after witnessing the shortcomings of the Barbados healthcare system first-hand as her grandmother battled cancer. The Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine and Queen Elizabeth hospital was officially named in 2012, thanks to a large personal donation from the pop star.
A press release states that funds raised at this year’s Diamond Ball will go toward improving the center, purchasing equipment and infrastructure planning – a projected $2.4 million cost.
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Approximately 600 guests will be able to purchase table and ticket packages for the event, including a dinner, live auction and an intimate performance from Rihanna herself.
Fans interested in learning more about the foundation can visit claralionelfoundation.org.
Rihanna also honored her late grandmother (aka “Dolly”) in 2012 by getting a massive tattoo. The ink is of the Egyptian goddess Isis, with her wingspan spreading across the singer’s ribcage. “Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram with the hashtag #GRANGRANDOLLY. “Always in and on my heart.”
Just a few short days ago, Rihanna shared images from her grandfather’s (aka “Bravo”) birthday party, complete with sparkly hats and an even more sparkly cake.
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Victorino Noval with Zendaya Won.G and Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao brought an old style kind of class, with integrity and love for his fellow human being last Tuesday night, reminiscent of Joe Lewis, to the 125 VIPs who came to the Beverly Hills estate of Victorino Noval. “The guests really responded to Manny, they opened their wallets and their hearts, the boxing shorts from the Tim Bradley fight alone brought in $40,000,” Victorino said. “Pacquaio is a favorite to become President of the Philippines. Like Bill Clinton with his saxophone moment, when he sang from his heart on stage, you could tell he is a real crooner.
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“The guests really responded to Manny, they opened their wallets and their hearts, the boxing shorts from the Tim Bradley fight alone brought in $40,000,” Victorino said. “Pacquaio is a favorite to become President of the Philippines. Like Bill Clinton with his saxophone moment, when he sang from his heart on stage, you could tell he is a real crooner.He really gave his all, even after winning a 12-round fight a few days ago.
MannyPacquiao with Samir Mahallawy and Miss Afghanistan
Attendees included Prince Cyrus Pahlavi, whose family (Shah of Iran) originally owned the Vineyard, which is now called, Victorino Noval,’s Vineyard – Beverly Hills.
Pacquiao sang for an audience which included the popular singer, Zendaya, along with Won.G, who co-hosted the event, here with Victorino Noval.
Also attending were Samir Mahallawy, a Beverly Hills resident and Egyptian Aristocrat, and Miss Afghanistan,along with Filmmaker Edward Bass and Hanna.
Manny said, “I am looking forward to the birth of my fifth child. He said, “One thing for sure, I would never want my children to box . At 12 years old I was the breadwinner for my family. I had no choice but fight to survive. My good fortune has enabled me to ask my children not to do as I did but rather that they work hard to serve their country and help contribute to humanity.
He continued, “I would like to see a Philippines where no one has to struggle as I did as a child.”. He confided in me, “Sometimes my opponents try to take advantage of me because they know I am a politician and a humanitarian, and think it shows a softness, but they don’t understand.” Manny showed us his strength as a human being and a leader tonight, and he has a bunch of new fans in Beverly Hills.
Manny Pacquiao with Filmmaker Edward Bass and Hanna
Victorino Noval with Hannah Fenwick
Noval added,“This is a pre-event to a much larger event that will be at The Vineyard, where the FAME AND PHILANTHROPY Oscar night event with James Cameron, Halle Berry and Charlize Thereon was held, which will include a concert for the victims of the Typhoon.
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James Cameron spoke at the inaugural Fame and Philanthropy party about the great year in film and the charities involved in the night’s event. “But what’s great is we get to have the glitz and the red carpet and the glamour and everything here, but we’re doing it for a good cause.”
Each year as the Oscar ceremony comes to a close, the after parties are just gearing up as Hollywood luminaries celebrate the official end of the awards season. First stop is always the Governors Ball, which is held in a ballroom a few escalator rides away from the Dolby Theatre. SEE MORE: Awards: The Contenders
The “12 Years a Slave” and Fox Searchlight teams, under co-presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley, celebrated their big wins with a mixture of joy and relief, with all paying tribute to Steve McQueen. “It’s thrilling to be recognized in such a great year with so many terrific movies,” Gilula told Variety. “It’s great art and great entertainment, plus it’s important. That’s rare.” The Oscars will bring in more audiences to a film that has triumphed at Oscars and at the box office; not bad for a film that some deemed “hard to watch.”
Elsewhere, David Heyman and the “Gravity” team were accepting congrats for their seven wins, while the crowd mingled with winners Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, John Ridley, and the “Frozen” group, plus a bevy of nominees, including Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alexander Payne and June Squibb, and execs including Jim Gianopulos, Sue Kroll, Ron Meyer, Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Kevin Tsujihara and Howard Stringer.
Another long-running popular party is Elton John’s fete to benefit the AIDS Foundation. Now in its 22nd year, it is held in a massive tent set up across from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. A highlight was a musical perf by Ed Sheeran, who was joined on stage by John himself for a rendition of “Candle in the Wind.”
“Thank you for parking yourself here tonight,” Sheeran told the crowd, including the likes of Sarah Hyland, that he had trying to sing along to the chorus Sunday night in a tent in West Hollywood.
Earlier in the evening John and David Furnish hosted a viewing party which included an auction. Among those participating in the bidding were Heidi Klum, Vanessa Hudgens, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin, Ashley Greene, Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis, toting their gold medals, Sharon Osbourne, Skylar Grey, Tim Allen, David Foster, Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Sheryl Crow, Steven Tyler, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.
The live auction, which included such items as tickets to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway with a backstage tour and drinks with the tuner’s star Neil Patrick Harris and five days at Tyler’s Hawaiian home, raised $5.1 million for the AIDS Foundation. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres was among those sending videotaped messages to guests at the viewing party. ”This is the kind of generosity that will help us change the course of this epidemic,” John said. The stars also showed up for a brand new post-Oscar party held at The Vineyard Beverly Hills. Charlize Theron and Halle Berry were among the guests at the inaugural Fame and Philanthropy party.
Theron, who arrived with boyfriend Sean Penn after attending the ceremony, stuck to the VIP area while her fellow Oscar winner Berry was flanked by body guards as she made her way through the crowd.
Academy Award-winning helmer James Cameron gave a lengthy opening address before the party really got started and called attention to the charities being supported by the event, including The Community Inspiring Today’s Youth and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project.
Cameron talked about his own Oscar experience and said he was happy that the Academy “shared the love” between “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”
“It was an embarrassment of riches this year as an Academy member having to vote on this. It was a tough call in some of the acting categories,” Cameron said. “But what’s great is we get to have the glitz and the red carpet and the glamour and everything here, but we’re doing it for a good cause.”
Cameron also gave a shout out to the work of best director winner Alfonso Cuaron. “Alfonso won because that movie is one of the most technical films imaginable, but unbelievably powerful emotionally,” Cameron noted.
As the festivities continued, partygoers enjoyed the club-like vibe as the Stafford Brothers took over the DJ booth and tossed inflatable kangaroos into the crowd. Actress-singer-dancer Zendaya hit the dance floor and posed for several photos with guests while others opted for a turn in the photo booth, complete with Hollywood-themed props.
Ne-Yo’s set got the entire crowd on its feet as the Grammy-winner performed a medley of his hits including “So Sick,” “Let’s Go” “Let Me Love You” and Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything.”
The crooner took a moment in between songs to acknowledge the night’s big winners and also noted that he recently celebrated the eight-year anniversary of the release of his debut album, “In My Own Words.”
Following Ne-Yo’s performance, Paris Hilton took over the DJ duties, spinning tunes like Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Guests seemed to take those lyrics to heart, as the party kept going strong well into the early morning.
UPDATED: A dinner and awards show on Feb. 27 is called Unite 4 Humanity, while the Fame and Philanthropy event will take place on Oscar night itself, March 2.
For the first time ever, The Victorino Noval Foundation will unveil the Vineyard Beverly Hills, where guests will enjoy the Oscar night event with a 360 degree view of the Santa Monica and Los Angeles mountains, downtown LA and entire coastline.
In Los Angeles, nineteen years ago local social workers with “The Children’s Trust Fund” recognizing the thousands of children and teens who experienced a Christmas morning with no gifts to open, reached into their pockets and began the holiday tradition known as the “Spark of Love” Toy Drive. For the past few years the Victorino Noval Foundation of Beverly Hills, realizing that Los Angeles is home to the largest population of foster children in the world, joined to support this worthy cause for less fortunate children.
Fame and Philanthropy is the name of one of two ambitious new charity events planned around this year’s Academy Awards. It will take place on Oscar night and will feature an address by Avatar director James Cameron and appearances by Charlize Theron and other celebrities.
The other major Oscar week event is Unite 4 Humanity 2014, which will feature an appearance by former president Bill Clinton. It is being held Feb. 27 on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot (Sony is renting out its facility but is not otherwise involved).
These new events join a number of other galas, dinners and parties revolving around the Oscars, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party, which also raise funds for worthy causes.
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Fame and Philanthropy will take place on an estate in Beverly Hills on March 2, with a black-tie viewing party and dinner for 500. After the show ends, there will be an address by Cameron on his philosophy of activism for worthy causes. Following Cameron’s speech, another 1,000 people, including celebrities, are expected to arrive for an after-party that will include musical performances, a DJ set by Australian duo the Stafford Brothers, and a live auction.
Ryan Long, the 35-year-old executive producer of the event tells The Hollywood Reporter that he expects the Oscar night gala to raise about $1 million for charity. Tickets range from $100,000 for a VIP table package to $1,750 for an after party ticket.
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Long, a Los Angeles-based charity fundraiser who says he was previously involved in the Trust For Public Lands Hollywood Sign Project, wanted to spearhead events around the Academy Awards to help charities that would otherwise not have the resources to tap into Hollywood to raise money.
The money raised will go to non-profits including L.A.-based CITY (Community Inspiring Today’s Youth), which teaches children how to cultivate their interests and become entrepreneurs, and Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project.
Meanwhile, Unite 4 Humanity will feature former President Clinton and a long list of other celebrities. The program will include the presentation of about a dozen awards recognizing an outstanding peace ambassador, media visionary, most inspiring uplifting TV show and movie, and an honorary award for a young Hollywood star who, according to the announcement, “has used their voice, presence and efforts to illuminate a philanthropic cause.”
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Long is not producing the Feb. 27 event but played a role in organizing it. The executive producer is Anthony Melikhov. “The event will focus on the power of unity in evoking positive change and will inspire the audience to act upon opportunities to do good so that together we can make a difference for all humanity,” according to an announcement. Tickets for Unite 4 Humanity range in price from $500,000 for a benefactor patron package to $500 for a single ticket. There will also be a VIP pre-party with Clinton and an after-party with musical entertainment by Will.i.am and others. Long said 17 charities will benefit from Unite 4 Humanity including the Clinton Foundation, UNICEF, Eva Longoria Foundation, ASPCA, Points of Light and Peace Earth Foundation. Information on both events is available by calling 855-800-2442. The web site is FameAndPhilanthrophy.com.