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Rihanna, Dave Chappelle team up to raise money for charity

Rihanna, Dave Chappelle team up to raise money for charity
From CBC - September 16, 2017

At a Rihanna charity event, she will encourage you to drink heavilyso that you donate generously.

The pop star played the role of slick bartender at her third Diamond Ball on Thursday night in New York City, encouraging the audience to drink up and donate money to her foundation at the same time.

"The more you drink, the more inspired you will be to donate money ... and help kids around the world," said Rihanna, the founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes education and arts globally. The benefit raised more than $5 million US.

Dave Chappelle worked as Rihanna's right-hand man. He first told jokes and later joined the auctioneer onstage, even purchasing a Retna art piece for $180,000.

"I have the perfect wall for this," he said.

When selling two tickets to the Obama Foundation Fall Summit in Chicago, Chappelle said he would throw in his pocket square. It jumped from $200,000 to $201,000. It eventually sold for $275,000.

Jay-Z, Beyonc, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Trevor Noah were some of the A-listers who attended the black-tie event, which included a video message from former President Barack Obama. He thanked Rihanna "for the great work" she's doing with her foundation.

"You have become a powerful force," Obama said, in helping people find "hope" and "dignity."

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