Star-studded Global Lyme Alliance gala honoring Bella Hadid raises nearly $3 million: PHOTOS

bella-featured
Rob Kobre, Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, Scott Santarella. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)

Last night, midtown’s Cipriani hosted the star-studded Global Lyme Alliance annual gala, “Uniting for a Lyme-free World.” Fox’s Rosanna Scotto emceed the event and led the crowd in honoring supermodel and Lyme-sufferer, Bella Hadid. In total, the event raised nearly $3 million for Lyme research.

614453184
Global Lyme Alliance chairman Rob Kobre (L) and vice chair Diane Blanchard. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)

Hadid, who said she was not feeling well, gave a teary speech discussing her illness, praising her family for their support and explaining she wants other teens afflicted to know they are not alone. “It’s really rude they make all the Lymies come up here and talk, because I can’t even talk in real life,” she said, referencing one of the illness’ symptoms, brain fog. She went on to explain that as a result of the affliction she had to give up a career in Olympic horse jumping.

Other honorees included designer Heather Glass who detailed her years long treatment quest (she joked that the only thing she hadn’t tried was exorcism, and that was only because no doctor every suggested it) — and commercial real estate bigwig Arthur J. Mirante II whose son is afflicted. Honoree BNY Mellon President Karen Peetz announced that she would be joining the Global Lyme Alliance full time upon her official retirement.

614452724
Recording artist Rob Thomas performs onstage. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)

Also in attendance were other prominent figures in the entertainment industry who have bean affected by the chronic illness such as celeb Yolanda Hadid — Bella’s mother — and designer Ally Hilfiger — daughter of designer Tommy — who has suffered from the illness for 25 of her 31 years and recently wrote a book about her battle called “Bite Me.” Musician Rob Thomas of “Matchbox Twenty” — whose wife Marisol has Lyme Disease — treated the audience to a musical performance.

The most lively part of the event centered around a rousing fundraising auction in which a lunch with Bella and Yolanda Hadid was sold for the final bid of $60,000. Dinner for 10 and tickets to a Tommy Hilfiger runway show went for $100,000. Tickets to three sporting events — Wimbledon, The World Series and The Superbowl — were grabbed by a donor for $70,000.

Party planner Lawrence Scott handled the event.

614452692
Television producer Ally Hilfiger (R). (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614452550
Television producer Ally Hilfiger (L) and honoree Bella Hadid. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614397356
Arthur J. Mirante II, Elizabeth Mirante, and Rosanna Scotto. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396388
Honoree Karen Peetz speaks onstage. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396372
Olivia Glass, Audrey Glass, Ally Hilfiger, and Heather Glass. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396370
Carlos Brito (R). (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396368
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396360
Global Lyme Alliance co-chair Matthew Glass (L) and honoree Heather Glass. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396278
Olivia Glass and Audrey Glass. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614396176
Honoree Bella Hadid speaks onstage. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614394802
Real estate entrepreneur Mohamed Hadid (L) and model Bella Hadid. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
614394778
Model Ping Hue Cheung. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)