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Citi Gala 2016 took place at the Playboy Mansion with Host Sean “Diddy” Combs and Keynote Sir Richard Branson

Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted the City Gala 2016, a fundraiser following The 58th Grammys on Monday, February 15, 2016, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Sir Richard Branson was the keynote speaker in a moderated discussion by Jane Seymour. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and American businessman and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, who co-founded Paul Mitchell and The Patron Spirits Company, were honored at the event, with Jeff Timmons, of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees, as the emcee for the night. Live performances included DJ Paul Oakenfold, Robert “Kool” Bell, Chanel West Coast, The Stafford Brothers and DJ Sarah Robertson. Event proceeds benefit Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY), a non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own start-up businesses in Los Angeles.

Among the night’s topics, keynote speaker Sir Richard Branson talked about his dyslexia and its influence on his entrepreneurial spirit, saying, “The best way of starting a business is after frustration; feeling this can be done better.”

The City Gala 2016 benefits CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).

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