Denise Rich hosted her annual Angel Ball 2014 to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research at Cipriani Wall Street and of course we were on the red carpet on Oct. 20, 2014. This year’s honorees included His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba, four-time Nascar Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, Mr. Jho Low and music legend Nile Rodgers. Notables in attendance included Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Lorraine Schwartz, Alicia Keys, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Natalie Cole, Brittany Daniel, Jamie Foxx, Bethenny Frankel, Star Jones, Hoda Kotb and Selenis Leyva to name a few. Read our exclusive red carpet interviews below:
Speak about your fabulous circle of celebrity friends.
Yeah, there are girls from the modeling shoots that come from famous parents like Georgia May Jagger, Gigi Hadid, Kendall, me … we’re all just trying to find our own industry basically. We’re trying to get away from the family name.
Why was it important for you to support this cause?
I am here for the great cause. I think it’s important to show your face at things that have such a great story behind them and such a great meaning. I think that everyone can relate, and I think everyone has a story involving someone with cancer, so I just think it’s important.
What are your upcoming goals?
My goals for this year are just to continue working on my modeling because that’s what I’m passionate about and that’s my career right now. Of course, I have goals in modeling that – you list in your head like this project or that project and as you keep going up, you start to achieve them.
Who is your personal angel?
My mom. It just takes one person to make you feel like you can do anything, and honestly, if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have gotten my first job, I wouldn’t have made the foul shot at the game you know – all the things you can do because someone is there for you, and it just takes one.
What was it like collaborting with Sara Bareilles on the song “Truly Brave”?
This meant the world to me, bringing these two artists together to sing this song “Truly Brave.” Everything I’ve ever done with NBC ever, I went to Baghdad … everything I’ve ever done, this is my favorite story of all time. These kids who star in this video have changed and moved me and beyond.
What dating advice do you have?
Always show up. I met him when I didn’t want to go out and I went out. I had bad hair.
What are you goals for this year?
My goals for this year are to make sure that everyone in my family is healthy and happy. To try to get healthier, because I feel like I kind of go through phases where you are and you’re not, and I don’t want to go down that path.
What else are you working on?
I’m working on a book called “Where You Belong.” It’s coming out in March.
Tell us why this is an important event for you today.
I survived Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010 myself, and so that means a lot to me. And it also means a lot to me what this organization stands for, specifically because they are trying to find less toxic ways of curing cancer, because as somebody that has gone through cancer, they can cure your cancer, but because of how toxic chemotherapy is, you can cure one cancer but because of all the chemicals and stuff you can create another cancer in your body like with Robin Roberts. That’s what happened with Gabrielle, this girl, she had Leukemia, they cured that but a few years later she got lymphoma – a blood cancer. This is why Denise Rich, the mother, is trying to find less toxic ways of curing the cancer. So for me, I’m cured of lymphoma, but there’s always that fear of another cancer.
Who is your personal angel?
I would say my twin sister.
What are some of your goals?
My personal goal for this year is to take more time to meditate. I meditate and do yoga, but then I can get really busy with life. I used meditate twice a day, and now I don’t do it as much, so just getting more centered and connected with God.
Tristen Yang contributed reporting.