Rihanna announces plans for the first annual Diamond Ball



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Rihanna announced plans for the first annual Diamond Ball, a black tie fundraising event benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation. Founded in 2012, the Clara Lionel Foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture. Rihanna will perform at the first annual Diamond Ball taking place on December 11th at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills and will announce additional special guests soon.

“One of the greatest benefits of my job was being able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of my grandparents,” said Rihanna. “There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started. 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.”

Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty founded the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) in 2012, in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. 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 the Clara Lionel Foundation.

The Clara Braithwaite 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.

For more information on the CLARA LIONEL FOUNDATION, please visit:www.claralionelfoundation.org

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14 Responses

  1. Faithz says:

    This is Great, and what a great way to give back , In honor of Her Grand..
    Rihanna You have such a Beautiful Giving Spirit..

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  2. Natasha3 says:

    Way to go Riri. Good job.

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  3. Faithz says:

    This Act Just shows how big your Heart Truly is..

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  4. Faithz says:

    I love how she embraces her Roots, and she never shy away from where she came from. She is all about showing her love for people, from all walks of life, and that is another reason why she is Loved the world over..

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  5. Jayne says:

    Rihanna, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions and anything you do to benifit our country (the gem of the caribbean) Barbados. As a fellow Barbadian and a huge fan of yours (Navy), please know that each one of us love and support you in everything you do 100%. We wish you continued success in your career, you are wonderful, talented, successful and beautiful, your uniqueness is unmatched. Continue to stay grounded and true to yourself and things will continue to fall in the right places at the right ttime.

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  6. Bernard Walker says:

    surprised that Rihanna can get it done faster and better than the gov’t . Y ? . Jigga can do any thing ~KS~

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  7. Bernard Walker says:

    Working something right now that will blow the hood off the game !!

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  8. ALISON says:

    Riri good luck with the Diamond Ball. I hope the night is a great success. Robyn Rihanna Fenty your navy is proud of you.

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  9. SOSMANDOWN says:

    Robyn, if you continue to do amazing things out of the goodness from your heart, people aren’t going to call you badgalriri anymore you just may be known as goodgalriri. I pray your fundraiser is a major success. You truly deserve it. You know your Navy will be getting the word out about this event. maybe next year it can be held in NY. Good Luck! Shine Bright Like A Diamond!

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  10. Rafael Centenera says:

    11 \(O) // I LOVE YOU ROBYN <3 <3 <3

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  11. Bernard Walker says:

    since the Saudi gov’t says a women’s voice = half a mans . Rihanna needs 2 wax museums . KooL huh

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  12. Faithz says:

    Rih it’s these kinds of acts of Kindness, and giving back that means so much.

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  13. Bernard Walker says:

    Rihanna 5 G gangsta

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