amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Sharon Stone, Deborah Harry, Grace Jones, Bebel Gilberto help to Raise $1.3 Million for amfAR in Brazil

Mario Testino and John Demsey Honored at 2nd Inspiration Gala São Paulo


Bennah Serfaty, Sr. Director of Communications: 212-806-1607, 
Natalie Marquis, Media Relations Associate: 212-806-1694,  


NEW YORK, NY, April 27, 2012—Sharon Stone, Deborah Harry, Grace Jones, and Bebel Gilberto joined a dazzling group of Brazil’s elite to pay tribute to Mario Testino and John Demsey at amfAR’s 2nd Inspiration Gala São Paulo, April 26.  Ms. Stone, amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, chaired the event alongside Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole.  The evening raised $1.3 million for the Foundation’s life-saving AIDS research programs.

Guests at the “Black Tie//Hot Metal”-themed benefit, held at the home of Dinho Diniz, included Fernanda Motta, Sabrina Sato, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Andrea Dellal, Fernanda Tavares, Marcelle Bittar, Adriane Galisteu, and Alexandre Herchcovitch, among many others.

The evening opened with an acoustic bossa nova performance by one of Brazil’s most internationally renowned musicians, Bebel Gilberto.

Sharon Stone took the stage to present Mario Testino with the Piaget Award of Inspiration, in recognition of his longstanding spirited advocacy for HIV/AIDS awareness.  Mr. Testino has shown tremendous support for various AIDS charities including amfAR, and has often donated works for auction, which have raised millions of dollars for a number of international causes.

Later in the evening, Deborah Harry presented the amfAR Award of Courage to John Demsey, Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies and Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund.  Ms. Harry praised his extraordinary vision and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Under Mr. Demsey’s direction, the M·A·C AIDS Fund has raised more than $236 million to help improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally, and in turn has funded numerous amfAR initiatives. 

Sharon Stone also led the night’s auction, which she kicked off by selling an iconic Mario Testino photograph of Amber Valetta in Rio de Janeiro for $100,000.  Ms. Stone also auctioned off a Louis Vuitton vanity case, part of an exclusive limited-edition line of cases that she designed herself to benefit amfAR.  The case sold for $95,000.  During the auction, Dinho Diniz also spontaneously made a $100,000 pledge to amfAR for his girlfriend Danielle Amorim’s dress.  In a highlight of the auction, Ms. Stone put Deborah Harry on the auction block, and guests pledged a collective $100,000 for the chance to hear the legendary Blondie singer perform.  Ms. Harry treated the crowd to an impromptu a capella version of “Heart of Glass.”

Grace Jones closed out the evening with a rousing performance of “La Vie en Rose” and “Pull Up to the Bumper,” which had the entire crowd dancing.

Guests at the event enjoyed specially crafted Grey Goose cocktails, a gala dinner, and Luxor champagne. Each year, the Inspiration Galas revolve around a different design theme; this year, décor and guests’ attire drew inspiration from the theme “Black Tie//Hot Metal.” The Inspiration Gala was sponsored by Title Sponsor M·A·C Viva Glam, Iguatemi São Paulo, Louis Vuitton, Piaget, Silvia Furmanovich, HP Indigo, and Laborprint.

The Inspiration event series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate all aspects of men’s style.  Previous Inspiration events have taken place in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, raising more than $3 million in total for AIDS research. 

About amfAR  

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 the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.  

About Josh Wood Productions 

Josh Wood Productions has produced and promoted socially conscious events and concerts featuring artists such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Lou Reed, Scissor Sisters, Michael Stipe, and the Pet Shop Boys. Their events have raised money and awareness for Downtown for Democracy, The Guggenheim Foundation, Empire State Pride Agenda, Friends of Hillary, Friends of the Highline, Hetrik Martin Institute, MoveOn, Obama for America, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Veterans for Peace.  Josh Wood Productions’ latest project, “The Inspiration Gala Series: A Celebration of Men’s Style,” is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR.  For more information please visit

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 79 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C on Twitter @MACcosmetics (, become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (, watch M·A·C videos on YouTube and find our M·A·C Senior Artists at For a M·A·C location visit

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