Madonna, Gwen Stefani and J-Lo come out for charity

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Madonna, Gwen Stefani and J-Lo come out for charity
It was a star-studded evening at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City last night (February 6) as a string of A-list celebrities turned out for charity.

'A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF', presented by Gucci and hosted by Madonna, saw the red carpet swarming with superstars including Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and more.

Pregnant singers Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez showed off their baby bumps, while Madonna walked the red carpet with 11 year-old daughter Lourdes.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon was not present and was reportedly uncomfortable with how the event was so closely connected with Gucci and the opening of its flagship store on Friday. He did however say on Tuesday: “I understand that the main purpose of this event will raise funds for a humanitarian purpose, and I am sure that the proceeds will go to the purpose of this event," reported the Associated Press.

In her speech at the event Madonna told diners: "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. 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. Yes, I want to raise Malawi. But if I can do that - if we can do that - then the sky's the limit."

--By our New York staff.
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