The Angels Came Out
Blurred lines? Not on Tuesday night, when Cipriani Wall Street was home to the always guaranteed good time that is The Angel Ball gala. Year after year, Denise Rich enlists her A-list pals to come out to raise funds for cancer research for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, an organization named after her late daughter who lost her battle with cancer. After cocktails and an online auction, Chaka Khan kicked off the night with a few songs that roused the crowd, which included Debra Messing, who couldn’t resist taking a selfie with the legendary singer in the background. Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness then honored Furness’ mother, who was visiting from Australia and serves as the president of the Fight Cancer Foundation in OZ. The evening’s other honorees were Simon de Pury and Clay B. Siegall. Putting their Angel wings on for the night were Usher, Rita Ora, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicole Miller, Lindsey Wixson, Julie Macklowe, George Wayne, Selita Ebanks, Jessica White, Alex Lundqvist, Dennis Basso, Salman Rushdie, and Erin Fetherson. After dinner and an auction that included 50-carat diamond earrings from Lorraine Schwartz (which fetched $90,000), guests jumped out of their chairs for the second musical act of the night…Pharrell Williams in the house! The “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” singer sang his songs of the summer and welcomed his pal Usher up to the stage to jam. Get lucky? We sure did.