Kenan Thompson, Rosie Perez step out for Cristian Rivera Foundation gala

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Kenan Thompson and daughter Georgia
Kenan Thompson and daughter Georgia
Celebrities and Hollywood powerhouses helped raise money for a good cause this week at a swanky soiree in New York City. Kenan Thompson, Darlene Rodriguez, Rosie Perez, baseball legend Dwight “Doc” Gooden, actor Luis Guzmán, Combs Entertainment exec James Cruz and more attended the 11th annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Gala at Capitale on Wednesday evening to raise funds for the treatment of rare pediatric brain cancers. The event is in honor of John “Gungie” Rivera’s son, Cristian, whom he lost to cancer at age 6. The black-tie event had 500 attendees, who participated in a celebrity auction, which included various autographed pieces of memorabilia like baseball helmets. The proceeds supported Memorial Sloan Kettering and Weill Cornell Medical College. So far, the gala has raised $500,000. REad more at:

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Nickelodeon’s golden child Kenan Thompson was recently named Saturday Night Live‘s longest-serving cast member, and in an exclusive interview with In Touch, the All That star revealed who his dream guest hosts would be. We can’t lie — these are some pretty solid choices! “Lots of people. It would be cool if Eddie Murphy came back. I say that a lot, or like Denzel [Washington], Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise — any of those dudes that haven’t done it yet that you feel like they should have totally,” Kenan shared. When asked how he celebrated such a milestone, the Kenan & Kel alum candidly replied, “By working! That’s the biggest accomplishment of it all. It’s good to keep that in focus — that’s the whole point of it.”
Kenan on Saturday Night Live. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Kenan on Saturday Night Live. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In Touch caught up with Kenan at the 2017 Cristian Rivera Foundation Ninth Annual Celebrity Gala last week at Capitale in NYC — which according to a press release, “is dedicated to finding a cure for this disease so that no child or family suffers through the horrors of DIPG again. To date the organization has raised more than $850,000 to support the groundbreaking research of Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College and Dr. Oren Becher of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Cancer center at Northwestern University and to support children and their families while they face DIPG.” Kenan is close with the organization’s founder, John “Gungie” Rivera — who unfortunately lost his son Cristian to the disease. “I’ve known John for years. We used to meet when he used to promote clubs and stuff like that and I knew his son, Cristian,” he stated. “We fell out of touch for awhile then I caught back up with him a few years ago and he told me what happened to Cristian and told me about the foundation and I’ve been involved since then — like, six or seven years ago.”
Kenan Thompson with the Cristian Rivera Foundation founder, John "Gungie" Rivera.
Kenan Thompson with the Cristian Rivera Foundation founder, John “Gungie” Rivera. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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