Last night, Rihanna held her second annual Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation, supporting the quality of life globally in education, health, arts and culture. Celebrities from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Kylie Jenner, Justine Skye as well as Rihanna’s family all came out to support the black-tie event held in Los Angeles. Hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, who helped auction off several items including Bono’s electric guitar to benefit the non-profit. “I’m personally donating $50,000 out of the Kevin Hart back pocket,” said Hart. The auction intended to raise at least $2 million, the amount reached last year, and managed to surpass its goal and hit the $3 million this year.
Christian Dior Collection is the true definition of Timeless Fashion as Rihanna shined bright like a diamond in a replica of Dior worn by Jean Patchett in 1951.
The beauty donned the Dior satin gown perfectly, with her eighth album ‘ANTI’ yet to have a release date, launched the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of her grandparents in 2012. Attendees were given cutouts of RiRi’s face at the $3,000 per ticket fete. “It’s overwhelming to see so many of the people that I care about come together to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” she told PEOPLE a few days before the event.
‘Last year Rihanna launched the first annual Diamond Ball, a black tie fundraiser to benefit Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), which was founded in 2012 in honor of Rihanna’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture. We are happy to report that our inaugural event raised over $2,000,000 to support the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados. CLF was able to donate new state-of-the-art equipment, which will improve the quality of treatment and techniques for patients. The black tie event’s stunning Beverly Hills setting and Rihanna’s electrifying performance accompanied by a live orchestra made for an unforgettable evening. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the evening, which also featured Brad Pitt as a special guest. Celebrity attendees included Salma Hayek, Ellen Pompeo, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Big Sean, Ne-Yo and Fabulous, all who came out to show their support for the Clara Lionel Foundation. On behalf of Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation, we would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the inaugural fundraiser and would like to welcome you back for the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball.’ http://claralionelfoundation.org