Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Raising Malawi Fund Raiser and Unicef

When Madonna throws a party....all the stars shine. And so it was with her New York bash for her Raising Malawi Foundation, United Nations children’s organization UNICEF and to celebrate the opening of a new Gucci store.

A host a A-list stars attended...including her long time pal, Rosie O'Donnell. "It's a very worthy cause, and Madonna is a very good friend. We're supportive of each other's life endeavors. It's something that means a lot to her and to me," said Rosie O'Donnell, who added that Madonna called and invited her. "We're friends and friends call each other."

No...She wasn't wearing Gucci. "I believe it's an Eileen Fisher. I don't believe Gucci makes a size 18," said O'Donnell. "I don't shop there. It's very expensive."

Celebrities paid $2,500 to $10,000 each to dine on grappa-cured salmon, wild striped bass, tart of goat cheese, foraged mushrooms, truffled mashed potatoes and sticky toffee pudding with creme fraiche. Madonna played videos of Malawi and introduced children from the southern African country. Rihanna, Timbaland and Alicia Keys played music afterward.

Organizers stated that all proceeds from the event would be collected by the Gucci Foundation, a registered charity, and split among Raising Malawi, an advocacy group that operates under The Kabbalah Centre International, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which supports the United Nations Children's Fund.

The star-studded event raised $5.5 million to help poor and sick children around the world.


Anonymous said...

Hey Patty, great article and fantastic photo...lovin' it! -EZ

Patty said...

Thank you EZ. It took a lot of work to get Rosie and Madonna positioned and stitched together in this photo. The background was difficult but I think it looks pretty good.

San said...

How wonderful to see a celebrity that doesn't shop at a prestige store because it's too expensive. Good for Rosie.

As to this cause: Good for Rosie. Good for Madonna.