Our gala is set to be hosted by a star-studded cast, which includes Board Member and Actor Kenan Thompson, Board Member and Actor Luis Guzman, Actor Malik Yoba, and the foundation’s Board of Director and Anchor of the award-winning NBC’s “Today in New York”, Darlene Rodriguez.
This year, we are honoring Major League Baseball star, Harrison Bader, who embodies all the characteristics of a true hero, both on and off the field. We will be honoring Maria Kuenster, one of our D.I.P.G. Warriors, for her relentless battle against D.I.P.G. to find a cure. We are also honoring Rena Kliot, CRF Executive Board Member and owner of Pulse International Realty.
Prepare for a memorable evening at the 14th Annual CRF Celebrity Gala. This event unites celebrities, supporters of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, and D.I.P.G. warriors. It all begins at 6 p.m. with a Red-Carpet reception. Your seats include hors d’oeuvres, a five-hour open bar, dinner, an award ceremony, and a moving video presentation. Additionally, there will be live and silent auctions with unique items and experiences.
Through auction items, table sales, and more, the our Celebrity Gala will raise money to support the clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital. The foundation also provides monetary support to families impacted by D.I.P.G. and uses funds to spread awareness about this horrible disease.
The Cristian Rivera Foundation is one of the nation’s largest financial supporters of research and family support for D.I.P.G. To date, the Cristian Rivera Foundation has donated well over two and a half million dollars ($2,500,000.00).