amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


amfAR New York Gala Raises More Than $1.4 Million for AIDS Research



Event Presented by HublotRoberto Cavalli, Caroline Scheufele, and Goldman Sachs Gives honoredEvent hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker, with performances by Theophilus London and Janelle Monáe 



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New York, NY, February 9, 2012—Sarah Jessica Parker hosted amfAR’s annual kick-off to fashion week last night, its signature New York Gala, where the Foundation honored Roberto Cavalli, Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele, and Dr. R. Martin Chavez on behalf of Goldman Sachs Gives.  Each was presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage for their vital and distinctive contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.  The black-tie benefit, presented by Hublot along with presenting sponsor M·A·C Viva Glam, featured performances by Theophilus London and Janelle Monáe, and raised more than $1.4 million for AIDS research.

To open the night, Sarah Jessica Parker introduced a tribute to amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, stating, “Elizabeth Taylor taught the world how to respond to this deadly disease. Through her compassion, her unshakeable adherence to the basic principles of humanity, and with a powerful and unwavering voice, she issued a clarion call to action.”  The tribute included a video montage of Dame Elizabeth’s most iconic film appearances, with musical accompaniment by opera singer Michelle Johnson.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford presented Roberto Cavalli with his award, calling the designer “a driving force to rally the fashion community around AIDS.”  Caroline Scheufele was presented with her award by David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.  For many years, Mr. Cavalli and Ms. Scheufele have been among the strongest supporters of amfAR and the fight against AIDS, though Ms. Scheufele remarked, “It’s much too early, because you should make me work a little bit more.  But now I will be stimulated to work much more for this foundation, and for this important cause.”  amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole presented to amfAR Board Member and Goldman Sachs Managing Director Dr. R. Martin Chavez an Award of Courage in recognition of Goldman Sachs Gives’ commitment to amfAR.  Goldman Sachs Gives is now one of the largest corporate donor-advised funds in the world supporting many causes including HIV/AIDS.

The evening culminated with a performance by one of the most exciting artists of the moment: the dynamic singer, songwriter, producer, and performer Janelle Monáe. The visionary Ms. Monáe performed a rendition of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” as well as the hit “Tightrope” from her critically acclaimed and multiple Grammy Award-nominated debut album “The ArchAndroid.” Theophilus London, the much buzzed about Brooklyn-based musician, also performed.

In attendance at the New York Gala were Event Chairs Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Glenda Bailey, Kenneth Cole, John Demsey, Nina Garcia, David Furnish, Heidi Klum, amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim, Roberta Myers, Vincent Roberti, Bill Roedy, Carine Roitfeld, and Stanley Tucci. Other guests included Jennifer Hudson, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Hurley, Leighton Meester, Rose Byrne, Padma Lakshmi, Camila Alves, Alexa Chung, Linda Evangelista, Debbie Harry, Erin Heatherton, Cheyenne Jackson, Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova, Kellan Lutz, Anja Rubik, and Molly Sims, among many others.

The event’s live auction, conducted by Lydia Fenet, included a Robert Mapplethorpe print of Richard Gere, presented by Padma Lakshmi, which sold for $20,000.  Cindy Crawford and Elizabeth Hurley joined on stage to auction off a “Roberto Cavalli’s World” package, which included a trip to Milan to sit front row at Roberto Cavalli’s womenswear fashion show during Milan Fashion Week, a backstage meet and greet with the designer and a personal styling session at his Milan boutique. The experience sold for $32,000.  Stanley Tucci introduced an edition 1 of 100 Hublot watch made especially for amfAR, engraved with the signature of Dr. Mathilde Krim.  Gloria Estefan modeled the watch, which sold for $30,000. The highest selling single lot of the night was an iconic Christopher Makos portrait of Andy Warhol.  Debbie Harry introduced the piece, which fetched $44,000. 

Since 1998, amfAR’s New York Gala has been one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. The gala has raised more than $12 million in support of amfAR’s programs. Previous honorees have included President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Patti LaBelle, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour. 

Mandarin Oriental New York was the event’s hotel partner. Diageo was the event’s spirits sponsor. HP is the official technology supplier of amfAR. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR.         

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.

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