amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


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Bennah Serfaty, amfAR Senior Director of Communications, (212) 806-1607 or
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Performances by Kylie Minogue and Tove Lo


New York, NY, March 20, 2018—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will hold its fourth annual fundraising gala in Hong Kong on March 26, 2018, at Shaw Studios. The event will honor world-renowned artist KAWS and philanthropist Cathy Lee for their dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The amfAR Gala Hong Kong will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, and live auction conducted by Simon de Pury and Shally Lin. CHUM, a unique paintingby event honoree KAWS, will be available for online bidding in partnership with Paddle 8 prior to the live auction. Grammy-winning pop sensation Kylie Minogue and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Tove Lo will be featured performers at the event. To date, the amfAR Gala Hong Kong has raised over US$11 million (HK$86 million) for amfAR’s critical AIDS research programs.

Pansy Ho, a leading supporter of the Gala since its inception in 2015 and an influential figure in the Hong Kong and international business community, will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s event. Event Co-Chairs include Achille Boroli, Guy Bradley, Frank Cancelloni, Winnie Chiu, Calvin Choi, Milutin Gatsby, Wong Hong, Jeff Koons, Emily Lam-Ho, Susanna Lee, Jim Murren, Emmanuel Perrotin, Dee Poon, Lorraine Schwartz, Victoria Tang-Owen, Chris Owen, Michelle Yeoh, and Yvette Yung.

AMTD Foundation will generously serve as the event’s Presenting Sponsor. American Express, Lorraine Schwartz Fine Jewellery, MGM China Holdings Limited, and Champagne Perrier-Jouët are Signature Sponsors. The Upper House−Swire Hotels is the event’s Hospitality Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. amfAR Gala Hong Kong is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions and Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.

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 across Asia and the Pacific. TREAT Asia now encompasses 20 adult and 16 pediatric clinical sites across the region.

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 more than $517 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.