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CHER, FELIPE DINIZ and JEAN PAUL GAULTIER HONORED AT FIFTH ANNUAL INSPIRATION GALA SÃO PAULO
Presented by HARRY WINSTON
NAOMI CAMPBELL, KATE MOSS, RICCARDO TISCI AND OTHERS HELP RAISE $1.8 MILLION FOR amfAR
Special Performances by KYLIE MINOGUE and ALCIONE
Paulo, Brazil, April 11, 2015— Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Riccardo
Tisci, Kylie Minogue, Alcione, Sabrina Sato, Juliana Paes, Lazaro Ramos,
Izabel Goulart, Deborah Secco, Fernanda
Motta, and Thais Araujo were among those who gathered at the fifth
annual Inspiration Gala São Paulo last night to pay tribute to Cher,
Felipe Diniz and Jean Paul Gaultier. The event, presented by Harry
Winston and held at the home of Honorary Chair Dinho
Diniz, raised $1.8 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research
programs. Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci,
and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole served as Event Chairs.
event honored Felipe Diniz, who has been instrumental to the success of
amfAR’s Inspiration series in Brazil since its inception; Jean Paul
Gaultier, an amfAR supporter and leader
in the fight against AIDS for decades; and the one and only Cher, the
Academy Award-winning actress, singer, entertainer, humanitarian, and
longtime LGBT rights advocate.
program began with an explosive performance by Grammy Award-winning pop
superstar and longtime amfAR supporter, Kylie Minogue. Opening the show
with popular hits such as the 2001 global
sensation “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Get Outta My Way,”
Minogue had the room on its feet and singing along within minutes.
Campbell, co-host of the event, was thrilled to present the amfAR
Lifetime Achievement Award to her good friend Jean Paul Gaultier.
Gaultier has been an active and generous supporter
of amfAR and the fight against AIDS for decades. His Jean Paul Gaultier
Charity Fashion Show in the early 1990s, chaired by Madonna and Herb
Ritts, raised $700,000 for amfAR, and in 2014, he collaborated with
amfAR to design and produce a special summer tote
bag, which raised thousands for the Foundation.
events producer Josh Wood then presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration
to Felipe Diniz, who has helped turn the amfAR Inspiration Gala São
Paulo into a highly successful benefit event
that has raised $8.5 million for AIDS research and services to date. In
his remarks, Diniz stressed the importance of acceptance of all people
in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Brazil. At his urging, a portion of the
proceeds from each São Paulo gala goes to
an AIDS organization in Brazil. This year’s event will support HIV
prevention research at the Evandro Chagas Institute in Rio de Janeiro.
CEO Kevin Frost spoke passionately about amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure
for AIDS initiative, with the goal of developing the scientific basis
of a cure by 2020. Announcing a $100
million cure research investment strategy, Frost stressed that “amfAR
has the will, the commitment, and the know-how to get this done, and to
truly make AIDS history.”
then presented the amfAR Award of Inspiration to Cher. Speaking of her
willingness and ability to use her fame for the greater good, Frost
described her as one of the great champions
in the fight against AIDS. Cher received a standing ovation and
encouraged the audience to “help bring an end to this terrible disease”
before bringing fellow honoree Jean Paul Gaultier on stage for a kiss.
evening’s live auction featured an array of luxury items. In an
exceptional display of generosity, the auction opened with a $100,000
donation by Felipe Diniz for the Jean Paul Gaultier
dress that was being worn at the event by his brother Dinho’s
girlfriend, Danielle Pontes. The first auction lot, a signed 1962 Bert
Stern photograph of amfAR co-founder Dame Elizabeth Taylor dressed as
Cleopatra for Vogue along with tickets to upcoming amfAR
Inspiration Galas in New York and Los Angeles, raised $55,000.
ultimate Victoria’s Secret package included two tickets to the 2015
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and VIP after-party, an exclusive
behind-the-scenes tour and photo with a Victoria’s
Secret Angel, and round-trip airfare provided by Delta Air Lines. The
lot was won by two bidders for $50,000 each. The highest selling auction
lot was a signed Nina Pandolfo artwork titled
Maior que a Imensidao da Paz.
Pandolfo, who was in the audience, is one of Brazil’s leading
artists and one of the most creative contemporary artists working today,
and her beautiful work sold for $80,000.
close out the official program, one of Brazil’s greatest ever
“sambistas,” Alcione, gave an electrifying performance. Alcione, who
has had five platinum and double platinum and 19
gold records, kept the room dancing late into the night.
Inspiration Gala São Paulo’s Platinum Sponsors included Iguatemi São
Paulo, Karavelle and MoëtHennessy. Sky was a Silver Sponsor. Fasano
was a Bronze Sponsor. Mercedes-Benz was the
Luxury Vehicle Partner. Microsoft is amfAR’s official technology
partner. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Harry
Winston is the official jewelry and timepiece partner of
amfAR. MoëtHennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR.
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,and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $20 million to date.
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 $415 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300
grants to research teams worldwide.
About Harry Winston, Inc.:
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 the Harry Winston Brilliant Futures Charitable Program:
local communities and giving hope to those in need is a longstanding
House tradition that began with our founder, Mr. Harry Winston. From
1949-1953, Mr. Winston organized an exhibition known as “The Court of
Jewels” – a magnificent traveling collection featuring his most
impressive and historic gems – which toured key cities across America
raising money for local charitable causes.
we continue this legacy of giving through The Harry Winston Brilliant
Futures™ Charitable Program. Within this program, the company is
proud to support organizations in our local salon communities that
strive to give young people access to a quality education and the skills
necessary to be successful in life and enable healthy futures.
About Mercedes-Benz do Brasil:
is the biggest truck and bus manufacturer in South America, being in
Brazil since 1956, the year in which the production in São Bernardo do
Campo plant began. Since then,
over two million commercial vehicles have left its production lines
into the roads of Brazil and also of more than 50 countries to where the
Company exports its products.
Unit is responsible for the development of every powertrain and axel
which equip its models. With commercial vehicle plants in São Bernardo
do Campo (SP) and Juiz de Fora (MG), as
well as an After Sales division in Campinas (SP), the Company currently
has around 12,000 employees.
vast experience in local production, fast growing dealer network and
solid participation in the Brazilian market were pivotal to the decision
of opening a passenger car plant in the
Country, which will start its operations in early 2016. The Company, a
reference in the premium passenger car market, has been continuously
conquering the Brazilian customer with a great deal of launches and
massive investment in technology and innovation.
its history in Brazil, Mercedes-Benz has consistently expanded its
operations, always investing in technology, in order to exceed the
expectations of the public through high quality
products and services. The Company also believes and invests in social
development. Proof of its commitment to socially responsible projects
are the programs it undertakes to promote education, sports, protect the
environment, stimulate culture, develop sciences
and ensure health and social well-being.
About Josh Wood Productions:
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,
Scissors 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 www.joshwoodproductions.com.