Rihanna has called on her famous friends to help raise funds for her second annual Diamond Ball, taking place December 10 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The singer has partnered with an online auction house, Paddle8.com, to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, which honors Rihanna’s grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite.
Prior to holding her star-studded event next month, Rihanna is offering everything from an autographed Swarovski Guitar from Katy Perry to the chance to play H.O.R.S.E. with L.A. Clipper Chris Paul during the live auction at Paddle8.com/clf, which is now live. Rih Rih is also offering bidders the opportunity to meet her on her upcoming tour, as well as the chance to attend her Puma runway show during New York Fashion Week.
“Our goal with this year’s Diamond Ball auction is to continue our cancer treatment modernization program,” Rihanna said in an email to Vogue. All funds raised from the auction will go to purchasing radiotherapy equipment and supporting a health care system that improves quality of life for patients in Rih’s home country of Barbados and surrounding areas.
In addition, Rihanna has also established the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program. “It is so important for students everywhere to have access to quality education, and this program is designed to help them reach their fullest potential,” said Rihanna, who intends to award full scholarships to “highly-motivated youth around the world.”
Last year, Rihanna raised more than $2 million dollars for her foundation, which funds efforts to promote health, education, arts and culture globally.
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