amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Fergie and Robert Duffy to be Honored at amfAR's Inspiration Gala in New York

Event to celebrate men’s style with a Black Tie/Olympic sports-themed runway show; Scissor Sisters to Perform 

For Immediate Release 

Media Contacts:
Bennah Serfaty, Senior Director, Communications, 
Natalie Marquis, Media Relations Associate,, 212-806-1694

New York, NY, June 1, 2012—amfAR will pay tribute to iconic recording artist and eight-time Grammy winner Fergie and Marc Jacobs International President Robert Duffy at the third annual New York Inspiration Gala on June 7th at the New York Public Library.  Fergie and Robert Duffy will each receive the Piaget Award of Inspiration in recognition of their contributions to the fight against AIDS.   Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank will present Mr. Duffy with his award.  Longtime dedicated amfAR supporters Cheyenne Jackson and Rose McGowan will co-host.  The event is being presented by Title Sponsor M•A•C Viva Glam, Award of Inspiration Sponsor Piaget, Fashion Sponsor HUGO BOSS, Kohler Co., and B&B Italia. Cocktails will be provided courtesy of GREY GOOSE® Cherry Noir. In-Kind Sponsors for the event are Mandarin Oriental, New York, Jeff Leatham Design, and Coloredge New York + Los Angeles.

Produced by Josh Wood Productions, the event will include a special set by the Scissor Sisters and a runway show of exclusive looks by the world’s leading menswear designers. The designs will feature black tie takes on athletic wear, inspired by the upcoming Olympic Games. Legendary Olympic medalist and AIDS activist Greg Louganis will make a special appearance and will walk in the fashion show.

Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Dsquared2 Men's, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Piaget, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Rodrigo Otazu, SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™, Thom Browne, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, and Y-3 are among the designers who have donated looks for the runway show.

Marc Jacobs will serve as the Honorary Chair of the evening and Event Chairs include Larry Boland, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, John Demsey, Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, and Sean Patterson.

The Inspiration Gala is part of a series of amfAR benefit events that celebrate all aspects of men’s style. Previous events in the series have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and São Paulo, raising more than $3 million 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 is dedicated to creating provocative and socially conscious events, concerts, festivals, theatrical productions, political fundraisers, and nightlife. Recent projects include the creation of the amfAR Inspiration Gala series in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles honoring Jean-Paul Gaultier and the Ricky Martin Foundation; “America: Now & Here,” a national touring exhibition of the greatest living artists in America including Paul Simon, Cindy Sherman, and Julian Schnabel; and the Highline Festival curated by David Bowie. Raising money for nonprofits as diverse as Oxfam, Downtown for Democracy, Rock the Vote, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others, events have featured artists from Kylie Minogue to Lady Gaga, David Bowie to Lou Reed, and Arcade Fire to Pink.

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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