Barack Obama Personally Thanked Rihanna For Her Philanthropy At The Diamond Ball

The third annual event raised over a reported $840,000 for charity.

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Rihanna's third Diamond Ball took place in New York last night with the fundraiser making more than $840,000 through an auction of personalized items, the Washington Post reports. The money raised will go to a range of good causes via her own Clara Lionel Foundation.

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Barack Obama could not be there in person but he did send a message to Rih and the rest of her guests. "Thanks to Rihanna for her philanthropy," he said via video link. "And thanks to everyone for your support."

Check out a clip of Obama's speech above and catch up on Twitter's reaction to Rihanna and Beyoncé hanging out at the Diamond Ball now.

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Barack Obama Personally Thanked Rihanna For Her Philanthropy At The Diamond Ball