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amfAR to HONOR NAOMI CAMPBELL AND KIM JONES AT SEVENTH ANNUAL INSPIRATION GALA NEW YORK
Whoopi Goldberg to Serve as Master of Ceremonies
Presented by Harry Winston, M·A·C Viva Glam, and The Points Guy
New York, NY, May 17, 2016 — On Thursday, June 9, 2016, amfAR will hold its seventh annual Inspiration Gala New York at Skylight at Moynihan Station, honoring Naomi Campbell and Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director, Kim Jones, with the Award of Inspiration for their longtime support of the fight against AIDS. Emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, the black-tie gala will also feature an auction of one-of-a-kind luxury items, a menswear runway show, and a performance by Jason Derulo.
Actress and iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell has been a devoted amfAR supporter for more than two decades. She has lent her celebrity to amfAR’s galas across the globe, helping to raise much-needed funds for AIDS research. Similarly, Kim Jones is adding to the legacy of support from Louis Vuitton, which has contributed generously to amfAR events for many years, most notably by creating unique pieces and experiences for auction at the galas.
amfAR Trustee R. Martin Chavez and Adam Norbury will serve as Event Hosts. Marc Jacobs, Quincy Jones, Michael Kors, Kate Moss, Zac Posen, Rihanna, Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, and Dwyane Wade will serve as Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs include Mert Alas, Jim Clerkin, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Fran Cutler, Alan Cumming, John Demsey, Paolo Diacci, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Bethann Hardison, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Nayla Hayek, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian C. Kelly, Shayne Oliver, Marcus Piggott, and Vincent Roberti.
Harry Winston, M·A·C Viva Glam, and The Points Guy are the Presenting Sponsors. Microsoft and Moët Hennessy are the event’s Signature Sponsors.
Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner.
The amfAR Inspiration series, produced by Josh Wood Productions, celebrates all aspects of men’s style and revolves around a new design theme each year. This year, the world’s top menswear designers will offer looks for the travel-inspired runway show.
Participating designers in the “Jet Set”-themed fashion show include Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein Collection, Diesel Black Gold, DSQUARED2, Givenchy, Helmut Lang, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo, Thom Browne, Todd Snyder, Valentino, and Versace, among others.
The runway looks will be styled by Benjamin Sturgill. Makeup will be provided by M·A·C Cosmetics, and hair styling will be provided by Rodney Cutler for Hairdressers Against AIDS. Runway Production and Casting will be provided by Trew Productions.
The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate men’s style and fashion while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $26 million to date for amfAR’s programs.
Last year’s event honoring Miley Cyrus and Andy Cohen raised $1.5 million, and previous Inspiration New York honorees and participants include Matt Bomer, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Heidi Klum, Kenneth Cole, James Franco, Uma Thurman, Alan Cumming, Michael Kors, Ricky Martin, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Inspiration New York galas have also featured stunning performances by renowned artists such as New Order, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Liza Minnelli, Courtney Love, Scissor Sisters, and Cyndi Lauper.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $450 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
About Harry Winston, Inc.:
Founded in New York City in 1932, The House of Harry Winston continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watch making. From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, for over eight decades, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is. Headquartered in New York, the company operates retail salons worldwide, in locations including: New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
About Harry Winston’s Partnership with amfAR:
In January 2015, Harry Winston, Inc., announced a groundbreaking new partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, that represents the single largest corporate partnership in the Foundation’s history. Through a wide range of contributions including direct financial support and in-kind donations, Harry Winston will help advance amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Harry Winston is the first company to serve as the presenting sponsor for the organization’s 27 gala events taking place across the globe over the next three years. These events are vital to raising more than half of amfAR’s general operating support, enabling the organization to invest wisely in pioneering research and programs. The company is also a leading supporter of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020.
About M·A·C Cosmetics:
M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 110 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C and M·A·C Senior Artists on Twitter @MACcosmetics (twitter.com/maccosmetics), become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), follow M·A·C on Instagram (instagram.com/maccosmetics), watch M·A·C videos on YouTube (youtube.com/maccosmetics). For a M·A·C location visit maccosmetics.com.
About The Points Guy:
ThePointsGuy.com (TPG) is a trusted travel and lifestyle media platform that focuses on maximizing travel experiences while minimizing spending. Launched in 2010 by founder Brian Kelly, TPG staff now consists of an expert team of travel editors, searching around the clock for the latest deals and breaking industry news. TPG’s ability to cut through the noise and provide useful and applicable advice has established them as an industry leader, with 2.8 million monthly unique visitors to the site and another 1.3 million followers across social media. 2016 saw the launch of TPGtv, a unique web-series which showcases the extraordinary experiences made possible by maximizing frequent flyer miles and credit card points. TPG’s editorial content continues to evolve and incorporates verticals like first-hand flight and hotel reviews as well as curated travel guides and global activations.