Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the First Annual Diamond Ball, a black tie fundraising event benefitting the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and taking place on December 11th at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills. In addition, special guest Brad Pitt will introduce Rihanna’s orchestra performance. Founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, CLF works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
“It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support,” said Rihanna. “Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work.”
CLF’s grants fund efforts promoting health, education, arts and culture globally. At just 17 years old, Rihanna fully embodied the humanitarian spirit of service to others. In the decade since, she has raised tens of millions of dollars for charitable causes, many of which she has personally donated to. Her remarkable and inspiring legacy of service to others will continue in the mission, programs, and partnerships of CLF.
“There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night.”
The Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was officially named in 2012. What began with a heartfelt, personal donation has transformed into a comprehensive effort to deliver quality treatment for cancer patients in Barbados. Rihanna witnessed first-hand the inefficiencies and great need for development in the healthcare system during her grandmother’s battle with the disease. To date Rihanna has personally donated funds to establish the existing center and purchased the facility’s first modern radiotherapy machine, the Equinox Beam. Funds raised from the Diamond Ball will go into improving the center, purchasing equipment and infrastructure planning, a projected cost of $2.4 million.
The second phase of CLF’s endeavor to support quality medical care in Barbados is in development. There is a great need for the purchase of additional radiotherapy equipment and a healthcare infrastructure that can sustain quality treatment standards. The organization aims to address these issues and others as the program expands.
The Diamond Ball will host approximately 600 guests, ranging from entertainment and business executives to celebrities and philanthropists, at The Vineyard, a private 157-acre enclave in Beverly Hills. Table and ticket packages will include dinner, a live auction and very special, intimate performance by Rihanna, who will be accompanied by a live orchestra.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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