Madonna Shines at Malawi Benefit

February 7, 2008 By:
Madonna Shines at Malawi Benefit

Talk about an A-list affair! Madonna shined on the black carpet last night when she hosted the Unicef charity event to help Raise Malawi, as well as the important task of launching a new Gucci store location during Fashion Week.

The benefit, which brought in some of Hollywood's biggest names, was to help raise awareness and funds for Africa.

"I've earned a reputation for many things: pushing the envelope, for being a provocateur, for never taking no for an answer. For endlessly reinventing myself, for being a cult member, a kidnapper. For being ambitious, outrageous and irreverent. And for never settling for second best," Madonna told the guests of the Gucci/United Nations event last night.

"But I don't just want you to write me a check. I'm more interested in your heart. I want to take you on that journey with me tonight. I want you to feel as inspired as I do right now".

She added: "Yes, I want to raise Malawi. But if I can do that, if we can do that, then the sky's the limit."

Attendees included Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, a very pregnant Jennifer Lopez with husband Marc Anthony. Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, Ali Larter, and much much more!

The priciest auction item was a $600,000 winning bid to tour with Madonna and take a dance class with her and Gwyneth Paltrow.