|[February 25, 2013]
21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish Raised $6 Million for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
The 21st annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards
Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $6
million for the fight against HIV/AIDS. The gala, which took place on
Sunday, February 24, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was
co-sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo (News - Alert); American
Airlines serves as the Foundation's official sponsoring airline.
Attendees included Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Agnes Bruckner, Aisha
Tyler, Andrew Rannells, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Ashley Fink, Benji
Madden, Bernie Taupin, Billie Jean King, Bono, Britney Spears, Bryan
Singer, Carmen Electra, Chace Crawford, Chad Michael Murray, Chelsea
Handler, Chris Brown, Chris Colfer, Chris Cornell, Christa B. Allen,
Colton Haynes, Dave Grohl, Dustin Lance Black, Emma Roberts, Emmy
Rossum, Eric & Janet McCormack, Finola Hughes (News - Alert), George Takei, Heidi Klum,
Ian Somerhalder, Jaime King, Jane Lynch, Jane Seymour, Jared Harris, JC
Chasez, Academy Award winner Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jenna Elfman,
Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Lowndes, Jim Carrey, Joel Madden, John
Ratzenberger, John Waters, Judy Greer, Karina Smirnoff, Katerina Graham,
Kelly Osbourne, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian,
Kyle MacLachlan, Lucy Lawless, Lydia Hearst, Matthew Morrison, Mehcad
Brooks, Mel Brown, Mena Suvari, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims,
Naomi Campbell, Natalie Imbruglia, Nia Vardalos, Nicki Minaj, Nicole
Richie, Nina Dobrev, Nina Garcia, Paul Wesley, Paz Vega, Peter
Facinelli, Petra Nemcova, Quincy Jones, Rachel Griffiths, Randy Jackson,
Rose McGowan, Russell Simmons, Ryan Kwanten, Sandra Lee, Sharon Stone,
Skylar Grey, Steven Tyler, Terry Crews, Tim Allen, Topher Grace, Wilmer
Valderrama, among others.
Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails
followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 84th Academy
Awards® telecast. This year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef,
television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars,
prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests that included chilled
dungeness crab, braised beef short rib and sticky toffee pudding.
The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included an
iconic photograph of Faye Dunaway the morning after she won her Best
Actress Oscar for "Network" by famed photographer Terry O'Neill that
sold for $120,000; two sets of tickets to join Sir Elton John and David
Furnish at the legendary Vanity Fair party that sold for $150,000 each;
five days at Steven Tyler's Hawaiian retreat that sold for $250,000. Sir
Elton John also auctioned off four private performances by himself that
went for $250,000 each, totaling $1 million. Following the auction,
soulful Scottish songstress Emeli Sandé took the stage to perform
several songs including hit song "Next to Me," much to the crowd's
In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John celebrated
the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, praising
the extraordinary work of the early AIDS activists portrayed in the film
and calling for a renewed emphasis on AIDS advocacy.
"How to Survive a Plague tells the story of AIDS activism in the
earliest and most terrifying years of the AIDS epidemic. But you know
what Today, that activism is needed now more than ever if we are
to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation," said Sir Elton. "Our
Foundation is clear on what is needed, we're vocal in standing for what
we believe, and we invest in the work that needs to be done. And I
promise you that we'll keep on fighting until the politics and
bureaucracis yield to reason and justice. I don't care how long it
takes, we're going to fight, and we're going to win."
Full Electronic Press Kit (EPK) and photos will be available at http://www.epklink.com/ejafoscarparty.
Follow the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Facebook (News - Alert): http://apps.facebook.com/causes/5321.
And on Twitter (News - Alert) @ejaforg.
ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION - Sir Elton John established the Elton John
AIDS Foundation (EJAF) in 1992. To date, the Foundation has raised more
than $300 million in support of worthy projects across the globe. EJAF
is one of the largest HIV/AIDS grant-making organizations in the world.
Charity Navigator has awarded EJAF 4 out of 4 stars - its highest
possible rating - seven years in a row. EJAF's grant making embraces
grassroots and community-based programs, regional partnerships, national
strategies, and international collaborative efforts. The Foundation
supports a diverse range of initiatives, including HIV prevention
programs throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean;
HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable
populations; and HIV/AIDS prevention education and the promotion of
sexual health for adolescents. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.
CHOPARD - Passion for excellence: Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his own
workshop in 1860 in Sonvillier, the Swiss Jura. Since 1963 Chopard is
owned by the Scheufele family and its headquarters are located in
Geneva. Internationally renowned for its watch and jewellery creations,
the Group today employs 1950 people worldwide. It is independent and
vertically very integrated, controlling the entire process from design
to distribution through 1515 points of sale and 145 dedicated boutiques.
Over 30 different crafts are practised in 4 manufacturing sites with a
strong emphasis on in-house training. Chopard has built its reputation
on iconic collections such as "Happy Diamonds," "Happy Sport" and "Mille
Miglia." The firm is also highly recognized for its High Jewellery
creations and fine watchmaking and manufacture expertise, expressed in
the L.U.C collection. According to two of its fundamental values,
respect and social responsibility, Chopard is strongly committed to
various philanthropic organizations. Long-term partnerships tie the
company to the WWF, the José Carreras International Leukemia Foundation
and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Last but not least, Chopard is a
faithful partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and legendary
classic car events, such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the Grand Prix
de Monaco Historique. For more information, please visit: us.chopard.com.
NEURO DRINKS - Founded by Diana Jenkins, Neuro manufactures and markets
a line of functional beverages that incorporates the latest in nutrition
science and neurocognitive research to enhance your life. Whether you
need to optimize your brainpower or focus your willpower, there's a
neuro for that. The product line includes neuroSONIC, with a blend of
caffeine and L-theanine to increase mental alertness so you can focus;
neuroPASSION, with caffeine and L-citrulline to increase your drive to
pursue what you love; neuroBLISS, with chamomile blended with L-theanine
to reduce stress and keep you calm; neuroSUN, with your daily supply of
vitamin D to improve your immunity; neuroTRIM, which includes a
satisfying portion of fiber to control your appetite so you eat less;
and neuroSLEEP, with melatonin and magnesium to improve your sleep so
you can recharge. Each neuro has only 35 calories, contains no
artificial flavors or colors, and has a fully recyclable bottle. Neuro
is available at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.drinkneuro.com.
WELLS FARGO - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide,
diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4
trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco,
Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and
consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000
ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35
countries to support the bank's customers who conduct business in the
global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves
one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was
ranked No. 26 on Fortune's 2012 rankings of America's largest
corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers'
financial needs and help them succeed financially. For more information,
please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.
AMERICAN AIRLINES - American Airlines, American Eagle and the
AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries
and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights. The
combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's
award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check
and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers.
American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which
brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline
business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and
benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members
and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000
daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc.
and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation.
AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and
AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).
American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Elton John
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