New York, NY (September 15, 2017) – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), founded by Robyn Rihanna Fenty, held its third annual Diamond Ball on Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street. Hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, the benefit raised over $5 million to support CLF’s global education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The evening featured high-energy performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris. The all-star guest list included Jay Z, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lil Kim, Trevor Noah, Future, Fabolous, Young Thug, Victor Cruz, Emily Ratajkowski and Cardi B among many others who danced throughout the evening.
“I am thrilled to bring the Diamond Ball to New York City and bring everyone closer to the mission, the partnerships, the programs and the people at the heart of it all,” said Rihanna at the 2017 Diamond Ball. “Together, we are funding groundbreaking and effective global education, health and emergency response programs. We are investing in the future and helping to improve the quality of life for young people and their families around the globe.”
The Clara Lionel Foundation announced a new partnership with the international nonprofit, The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), and the bike sharing platform, ofo, to fund scholarships to send 7,500 girls to secondary school in Malawi. Camfed invests in girls in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This partnership will support students through school and help transition them into employment and lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders.
CLF recognized global education trailblazer, Angeline Murimirwa as the recipient of the 2017 Diamond Ball Award. Murimirwa is the Regional Executive Director for Camfed’s programs in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi and co-founded the nonprofit’s 100,000 member alumnae association.
“I want to thank Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation for recognizing and celebrating my work,” said Angeline Murimirwa. “I accept this award on behalf of 100,000 Camfed Alumnae members – young women who like me – without Camfed’s financial support would never have had the chance to go to school. They are my sisters and together we are educating the next generation.”
The evening was generously sponsored by Chopard, The Diamond Ball’s first-ever presenting partner, along with Live Nation, Ofo, The Stadler Family, Oilers Entertainment Group Services, Ltd., Critical Mass, Roc Nation, Human and Picture Motion, Universal Music Group, StubHub, Kendo Brands, Puma and Dior.
About The Clara Lionel Foundation
The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program. For more information, visit www.claralionelfoundation.org and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn.
Camfed supports marginalized girls to go to school, succeed, and lead change
Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become Camfed Association (CAMA) alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programs have supported more than 1.9 million children to go to school in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, and Tanzania at more than 5,400 partner schools, and improved the learning environment for nearly 4.5 million children.