Sir Elton John and David Furnish Raise $4.2 Million at 15th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Party
This Year's Co-Sponsors included Audi, Chopard and VH1
Sir Elton John and James Blunt Performed Together Sir Elton John and David Furnish hosted the 15th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) party to celebrate the Academy Awards(R). The event was held on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at the Pacific Design Center and was co-sponsored by Audi, Chopard and VH1. EJAF's party to celebrate the Academy Awards(R) was one of the Foundation's most successful and visible fundraisers of the year, raising $4.2 Million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation annual gala was the leading fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. To top off the evening, Sir Elton John and Grammy winning artist, James Blunt, performed together live.
The 15th anniversary of this party brought about some exciting changes with an expanded dinner, significant live auction and enhanced musical performance. These modifications significantly increased funds generated to support EJAF's grant-making activities in the fight against AIDS. This year's event alone raised more money then in any other year since the gala's inception.
The gala brought out some of the biggest and hottest celebrities from the entertainment community. Guests included Hollywood luminaries such as Victoria Beckham, Jon Bon Jovi, Sharon Stone, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Sheryl Crow, Keifer Sutherland, Eve, Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, Dita Von Teese, Emmy Rossum, Zac Posen, Hedi Slimane, Roberto Cavalli, Macy Gray, Eric McCormack, Garcelle Beauvais, Gloria Estefan, Joely Fisher, John Waters, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Zegers, Cheryl Tiegs, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Bernie & Heather Taupin, Marlee Matlin, Petra Nemcova, Deborah Cox, Ana de la Reguera, Patricia Hearst, James Denton and Tim Allen.
Adding excitement to the evening was a live auction immediately following dinner. Items such as a private soccer lesson with David Beckham; the very first 2008 Audi R8 to hit the streets; a five-day stay at Villa Fontanelle (the legendary home of the Versace family); and a limited edition Herb Ritts photograph entitled Stephani, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood 1989 were auctioned off to raise funds for the Foundation.
The most exciting moment of the evening came when Sharon Stone jumped on stage to help with the live auction. Ms. Stone auctioned the "Sir Elton John's 60th Birthday Celebration Weekend" package to two lucky bidders who each paid $250,000 to win the prize. The package included two tickets to Sir Elton John's private 60th birthday party in New York City, two premium seat tickets to his sold out concert at Madison Square Garden, airfare and accommodations.
ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION: Since its establishment in 1992 by Founder and Chairman Sir Elton John, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has raised over $125 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and service programs in 55 countries around the globe. Today, EJAF is one of the world's leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. EJAF focuses on supporting community-based prevention education programs, harm reduction programs, and direct services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, especially populations with special needs. These efforts include HIV/AIDS-related physical and mental health services, HIV testing and counseling, street outreach and education, food distribution, assisted living services, social service coordination, and community volunteer recruitment and support.
AUDI OF AMERICA, INC.: Audi of America, Inc., is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich. Audi's history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the Audi A3 premium compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; and the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the award-winning TT Coupe and Roadster.
CHOPARD: There are few jewelers in the world whose designs are immediately recognizable. At the forefront of that list is Chopard. For over 140 years, the "World of Chopard" has embraced elegance, originality and individuality. Renowned internationally for its award-winning "Happy Diamonds" creations, the Chopard collection also includes an array of designs that adorn celebrities around the world. Meticulously crafted in Geneva, Switzerland since 1860, Chopard has distinguished itself worldwide for luxurious jewels and impeccably crafted, high-precision timepieces that embody imaginative design and sophistication. For further information, phone 1.800.CHOPARD or visit Chopard on line at www.chopard.com
VH1: VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul and VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel. Connect with VH1 at www.VH1.com.
Source: Elton John AIDS Foundation
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ --