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Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation ’Angel Ball’ Kick-Off Party

Originally Posted: July 11, 2010

Daniella Rich Kilstock and Denise Rich at the kick-off party in Southampton for the upcoming Angel Ball. (Eileen Casey)

Southampton - The ever charming, talented and committed Denise Rich, along with her daughter, Daniella Rich Kilstock and Richard Kilstock, threw a party on Friday at a private home in Southampton to kick-off the upcoming Angel Ball scheduled for October 21 in New York City.

Daniella Rich Kilstock introduces The Born Again Baldwins, including her husband, Richard, who is a member of the band.

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by Rich and her two daughters, Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, in memory of her middle daughter, Gabrielle Rich Auoad, who passed away in 1996 at age 27, from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).

As equally well-known for her long career in the music industry, as she is for her ardent philanthropic endeavors, the Grammy-nominated songwriter Rich explained at Friday's event that "The Foundation has been in existence for more than 10 years, and I spend a considerable amount of my time involved with it and all the grant requests the Board receives. We fund junior researchers for a period of three years, and the advances they have made are remarkable. I believe if Gabrielle was diagnosed with this disease today she would have survived given the advances that have been made."

The mission/purpose of the Foundation is to "Encourage the development of more effective therapies for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers. The Foundation funds innovative clinical or basic science research that will lead to novel therapeutic approaches that could replace, or be used in combination with existing effective therapies. Such therapeutic approaches could include alternative or complementary medicine."

Denise Rich thanks attendees and supporters of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation.

Rich continued "The grants are awarded to hospitals around the country, and our medical advisory board does an incredible job sifting and filtering through the enormous number of requests to be sure the funds we raise will be distributed where they can do the most good. This could not happen without the dedication and commitment of everyone involved in the Foundation."

Speaking with Kilstock she relayed, "I have young children, and my sister's children are a bit older, as Directors we both spend as much time as possible on work for the Foundation - this has and always will be a labor of love for our sister."

Larry and Sandra Rosenthal enjoy the music.

Since its inception, 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.

Rich has contributed her talent, as well as her earnings, to a number of worthy causes, including the song she penned "Love Will Set You Free," recorded by R&B diva Kelly Price for "The Hurricane," which raised over $200,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation. As well, The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis chose her song "All I Wanna Be Is Understood" as its anthem, and she has recently been appointed to the board of the Clive Davis Recorded Music Program at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She also serves on the board of LIFEbeat (The Music Industry Fights AIDS). Rich confirmed at Friday's event that "I am still and always will continue my work in the music industry, and will keep writing songs."

Denise Rich.

The Angel Ball is scheduled for Thursday, October 21 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, and will honor The Edge (from U2) and Morleigh Steinberg, Bernd Beetz, Chief Executive Officer of Coty Inc., and Sean Parker, Managing Partner of the Founder's Fund.

Dinner Chairs include Jeffrey Tarrant, CEO of Protege Partners, LLC, and James E. Shiah, SVP, Finance of Coty Inc.

The celebration on Friday included delicious passed hors d'euvres, with passed Margaritas, open bar, and a meal of vegetable paella with a choice of chicken, shrimp or Spanish sausage, topped off with a delightful tower of different cupcakes to choice from for dessert.

The band provided plenty of great tunes and musicanship under a large white tent with a fantastic strobe light show spanning the property. The lead female vocalist hit some notes that had many stopped in their tracks at her obvious skill. Guests were encouraged to sing along, and Rich herself took to the stage for an impressive cover of The Rolling Stones "Brown Sugar."

Mina Otsuka and Sir Ivan.

Rich's musical repertorie is well known, as she writes in English, French, Spanish and Italian, and her songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, and Aretha Franklin. Franklin and Mary J. Blige's duo performance of "Don't Waste Your Time" earned a Grammy nomination, and her song "I Have Loved You" appeared on Jessica Simpson's multi-platinum album "In this Skin." "Candy" garnered Mandy Moore a Top 10 hit, and "Livin' For Love" peaked at the top of the dance charts for Natalie Cole. "Aim Your Arrow High" helped earn a Grammy nomination (Contemporary Soul/Gospel) for the Tremaine Hawkins album "To a Higher Place."

In addition her songs can be found on soundtracks for the films "Meteor Man,", "Kiss Me Guido," "The Hurricane," "Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar," and "Runaway Bride." Billy Porter's rendition of her "Love Is On The Way," written for "The First Wives Club" inspired Dion to record her triple-platinum version of the song. Patti LaBelle recorded "The Voice Inside My Heart" for the film "John Q" soundtrack, and "Chicago" features "Love Is A Crime" co-written by Rich, Greg Lawson, and Damon Sharpe, and performed by Anastacia.

One guest was all smiles at the evening's success.

A lyric from Aretha Franklin's "Angel" - "I gotta find me an angel in my life. . ." kept coming to mind this particular evening, as the work this family has undertaken with love, intelligence, generosity, dedication, kindness and hard work reminds all of us that if we gotta find an angel there is one available through the Gabrielle's Angel Foundation, combined with the commitment and unwavering wish of Denise Rich and her two daughters, all of whom are mothers, who are devoted to finding a cure so that no other mother or sister, as well as all others, will ever have to suffer the heart-wrenching loss this family endured.

For more information on the Angel Ball, contact Inez Weinstein Speical Events, Inc. at 212-254-6677, or email tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tables and tickets range in price from $100,000 (for a table of 12) to Cherub tickets at $1,500 each for an evening that will include cocktails, silent auction, dinner, live auction and entertainment.

For more information on Gabrielle's Angel Foundation go to www.gabriellesangels.org, or call 646-861-2033.

The Born Again Baldwins entertain guests with great tunes.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.


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