amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


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Bennah Serfaty, amfAR Senior Director of Communications, (212) 806-1607 or
Caroline Humphrey, amfAR Media Relations Associate, (212) 806-1632 or

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Venus Lau, Associate Director, (852) 2523 7666 or
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Presented by Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection

Performance by Aloe Blacc

New York, NY, March 10, 2016—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will hold its second annual fundraising gala in Hong Kong on March 19, 2016 at Shaw Studios. Uma Thurman will attend and serve as the evening’s Honorary Chair and Victoria Beckham will receive special recognition during the event for her exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS.

Pansy Ho will serve as the Event Chair. Adrien Brody, Karolina Kurkova, Michelle Rodriguez, and Michelle Yeoh will serve as Event Co-Chairs. Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection will generously serve as the event’s Presenting Sponsors.

Other event Co-Chairs of amfAR Hong Kong also include Achille Boroli, Winnie Chiu, Veronica Chou, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Vinay Dube, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nayla Hayek, Y C Koh, René Koneberg, Jean-Marc Lacave, Carina Lau, Ying Claudine Lauren, Cathy Lee, Michelle Ong, Vincent Roberti, David Tang, Yvette Yung, and Italo Zucchelli. Harris Chan, Laurinda Ho, Sabrina Ho, Jay Jopling, Rachel Lehman, David Maupin, John Robert Slosar, Oscar Wang, and Wendy Yu will serve as Vice Chairs.

amfAR Hong Kong will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction conducted by Simon de Pury, and world-class entertainment by Grammy-nominated American soul artist Aloe Blacc and Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang. Last year’s inaugural event raised over $4 million for amfAR’s critical AIDS research programs.

Harry Winston and Calvin Klein Collection are the Presenting Sponsors. American Express, Audi, Delta Air Lines, and Moët Hennessy are the Signature Sponsors. JOLLYONE and SMI Holdings Group Limited are the Gold Sponsors, and The Upper House is the event’s Hospitality Partner. Poly Auction is the Auction Partner.

In 2001, amfAR launched TREAT Asia, a cooperative network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working together with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatments throughout Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia now encompasses 21 adult and 18 pediatric clinical sites across the region.

Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner. amfAR Hong Kong is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.

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 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 Calvin Klein Collection:

Calvin Klein Collection is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include women’s dresses and suits, men's dress furnishings and tailored clothing, men’s and women's sportswear and bridge and collection apparel, golf apparel, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, women’s performance apparel, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, small leather goods, and home furnishings (including furniture). For more information, please visit