LOS ANGELES, March 5, 2018 – The 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised .9 million for the global effort to end AIDS. The gala, which took place on Sunday, March 4, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was generously supported by Presenting Sponsor BVLGARI.
Attendees bejeweled in BVLGARI included Sir Elton John and David Furnish, BVLGARI Brand Ambassadors Jasmine Sanders and Jon Kortajarena, Asia Chow, Sofia Richie, Hailey Clauson, Leila Yavari, David Jarre, and Lais Ribeiro, among others. The Foundation also welcomed Tom Payne and Jennifer Akerman, Tim Allen, Sonia Ammar, David Bisbal, Kate Bock, Helena Bordon, Sandra Brant, Candace Cameron Bure, Candace Bushnell, JC Chasez, Erika Christensen, Chris Colfer, Joan Collins, Clifton Collins Jr., Kerry Condon, Darren Criss, Jackie Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Ebonee Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Eva Dolezalova, Colman and Raul Domingo, Peter Dundas, Jay Duplass, Tyler Ellis, Tracey Emin, Roland Emmerich, Allie Marie Evans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ashley Fink, Peter Fonda, Toni Garrn, Karen Gillan, Tony Goldwyn, Lucian Grainge, Clare Grant, Seth Green, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Chris Hardwick, Colton Haynes, Lydia Hearst, Liam Hemsworth, Luke and Sam Hemsworth, Jacqueline Jablonski, Tracey Jacobs, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Gus Kenworthy, Billie Jean King, Jaime King, Jacob Kiszka, Joshua Kiszka, Samuel Kiszka, Heidi Klum, Gladys Knight, Robert Kraft, Karolina Kurkova, Ryan Kwanten, Danielle Lauder, William P. Lauder, Brandon Thomas Lee, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Don Lemon, Humberto Leon, Chris Levine, Dan Levy, Judith Light, Adriana Lima, Tara Lipinski, Tatiana Luter, Andie MacDowell, Gisella Marengo, Ricky Martin, AnnaLynne McCord, Eric & Janet McCormack, Lea Michele, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Hari Nef, Petra Němcová, Kyle Newman, Elizabeth Perkins, Shadi Petosky, Busy Philipps, Natasha Poly, Bleona Qereti, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Nikki Reed, April Richardson, Lionel Richie and Lisa Parigi, Paulina Rubio, Viktoriya Sasonkina, Nicole Scherzinger, Adam Senn, Jane Seymour, Shanina Shaik, Tyler Shields, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Stevens, Romee Strijd, Bernie Taupin, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jennifer Tilly, Steve Tisch, Jasmine Tookes, Rufus Wainwright, David Walliams, Megan Williams, Nicole Williams, Mary Wilson, Rami Yacoub, Bellamy Young, Zedd, among others.
Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 90th Academy Awards® telecast. This year, Co-Sponsor BBVA Compass made it possible for the world-renowned Roca Brothers of the Michelin three-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, to design and prepare the magnificent gala dinner enjoyed by guests. Hatt & Söner provided champagne, wines were provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits were provided by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila.
The dinner was followed by a lively auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8, which featured the BVLGARI DIVISSIMA necklace in white gold and diamonds, the photograph Back Flip: Paradise Cove, 1987 by the late Herb Ritts, an opportunity from Champagne Hatt & Söner to create a personal bespoke vintage, the one-of-a-kind Music Is Love Heart designed and signed by Elton John and created in purple crystal by Lalique, the 31 signed and framed celebrity-designed heart images created for the December 2017 Kwippit/Elton John AIDS Foundation AIDS awareness campaign, the photograph Lightness of Being, 2018 by Chris Levine, an exclusive red crystal version of Tyler Ellis’ popular Perry clutch and the Perry Ellis bowtie for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
BVLGARI brought illusionist David Jarre to astound guests with his special brand of magic during the course of the evening. At the party, he predicted the Best Picture Oscar winner. David incorporated a BVLGARI Octo Roma watch into his illusion, which was auctioned at the end of the event during the live auction with the name of his Best Picture prediction embossed on the back.
BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and M∙A∙C Viva Glam partnered with EJAF as the evening’s Co-Sponsors; Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Bob and Tamar Manoukian, Rosa Cha, and Guy and Lisa Ruffin were Associate Sponsors; Tesla was the official automotive sponsor. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.
In his remarks, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in an audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to the Foundation on the spot using their cell phones. Throughout the evening, live messages from EJAF friends Chris Colfer and Lea Michele, Judith Light and Eric McCormack, Billie Jean King, and Andie MacDowell encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the Foundation’s urgent mission. Guests who donated ,000 or more received a Greg Gorman limited edition 1991 photograph depicting actress Laura Dern evoking the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
“This is an especially critical time in the effort to end AIDS,” said Elton. “Even without a cure, we currently have the necessary prevention and treatment methods in hand to achieve an AIDS-free generation. What we lack are the dollars and the political will to achieve universal access to these lifesaving programs. The Elton John AIDS Foundation is helping to lead the way, and our work has never been more urgently needed.”
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ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION – At EJAF, we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than 0 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.
BVLGARI – Part of the LVMH Group, Bvlgari was founded in Rome in 1884 as a jewelry shop. Quickly establishing a reputation for Italian excellence, Bvlgari enjoys renown for exquisite craftsmanship and magnificent jewelry creations. The Company’s international success has evolved into a global and diversified luxury purveyor of products and services, ranging from fine jewels and watches to accessories and perfumes, and featuring an unrivalled network of boutiques and hotels in the world’s most exclusive shopping areas.
AMERICAN AIRLINES – American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines. Together with regional partners operating as American Eagle, American offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. This year, American Airlines Group Inc. topped Fortune Magazine’s list of best business turnarounds, and its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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