Hollywood celebrities came together at the 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raising $5.9 million for the global effort to end AIDS.
The gala took place on Sunday, March 4, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles and was generously supported by Presenting Sponsor BVLGARI.
Guests arrived on the white carpet of the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 90th Academy Awards® telecast.
Speaking to the media Sir Elton John revealed his favorite moments of the event over the years, adding that he is nowhere close to quit.
“As long I can breath I will be raising money for this cause” Elton John said about his efforts fundraising for the cure of the disease.
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Videography by Alexandros Georgoulis
The dinner was followed by a lively auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8. 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.
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 $5,000 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.”
Attendees included Lionel Richie, Ricky Martis, Miley Cyrus, Spike Lee, Heidi Klum, Liam Hemsworth and Andie Macdowell among others.