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Claire Stern
May 06, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

Warm affection radiated from every corner of Cipriani Wall Street in New York City Thursday night, as guests filtered into the venue for the 10th annual Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Gala. It makes total sense, considering the organization began with a love story: In 1990, DKMS founder Peter Harf went door-to-door to find a donor match for his wife, Mechtild. While ultimately, she lost her fight, it prompted Harf to create a bone marrow donor center that has since provided more than 55,000 life-saving bone marrow transplants and registered more than six million donors.

"I'm looking forward to being able to contribute and help find a cure," said Vera Wang, clad in a silk design from her recent collection. "It's very important for all of us to understand that there is hope with everything that has been discovered with blood cancer. It's about finding a donor." The tears came soon after, when two such donors met their matches onstage for the first time. "It's my favorite part," said Coco Rocha (above), in Zac Posen. "You're crying hysterically, but I always think, 'One day, I hope I have the chance to do something like that.' The fact that you can actually save a life is truly amazing."

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Inside, guests including Olivia Culpo (above), Georgia May Jagger, and Paris Hilton dined at candle-lit tables topped with red roses and noshed on sea bass before Ariana Grande emerged to perform hits from her upcoming album. "I'm honored to be a part of a very important cause," said the pint-sized singer to the audience, who took a break from Snapchatting the performance to fill out donation cards for DKMS and register as donors. "People think it's a lot to work to be on the registry, but it's just a swab," added Rocha. "And, one day, you hope that you will get that phone call."

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For more information on Delete Blood Cancer or to register as a donor go to deletebloodcancer.org.

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