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    Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Raises $10.8 Million

    The 32nd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, co-hosted by Elton John, David Furnish, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, and Tiffany Haddish, shattered records by raising a remarkable $10.8 million in support of the Foundation’s relentless efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic.

    The star-studded event was back in the City of West Hollywood at West Hollywood Park on Sunday, March 10, featuring a performance of “Are You Ready For Love” by R&B-Soul-Pop Trio Gabriels and Sir Elton John. The Foundation expressed profound appreciation to the generous donors, sponsors, and supporters whose steadfast dedication fueled this historic achievement.

    Presenting sponsors included A+E Networks, Chopard, Gilead Sciences, Health Care Advocates International, Robert and Dana Kraft, Bob and Tamar Manoukian, and Cheryl and Haim Saban. Gratitude was also extended to Iris and Michael Smith for serving as the evening’s Co-Sponsors, along with official partners American Airlines, Cadillac, Tequila Don Julio, and the City of West Hollywood for their continued collaboration.

    Distinguished guests in attendance included Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman, Donatella Versace, Alicia Silverstone, Billy Eichner, Sharon Stone, and a multitude of others from the entertainment industry.

    The electrifying live auction featured notable items such as a Yamaha piano adorned with crystals signed by Elton John, fetching over $360,000, and two pinball machines celebrating the global superstar’s career, each selling for $200,000. A pair of Chopard earrings from the luxury brand’s “High Jewellery” collection, totaling 24 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds, sold for $500,000, with the brand inspired to donate an additional pair valued at $1,000,000.

    High-selling lots also included a Rolex watch from Elton John’s personal collection, an exclusive meet-and-greet with Elton John and David Furnish, and several items from Elton John’s personal closet, among others.

    The evening concluded with an exhilarating performance by Gabriels, who delivered a full set including hit songs like “Love and Hate in a Different Time” and “Angels & Queens,” culminating with “Are You Ready For Love” alongside Elton John.

    The 2024 Academy Awards Viewing Party marked the 32nd anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $110 million since its inception in 1992 to support life-saving initiatives aimed at ending AIDS and eliminating associated stigma worldwide.

    Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Elton John, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support, emphasizing the importance of compassion and the fight against HIV-related stigma. David Furnish, Chair of the Foundation, echoed sentiments of gratitude and highlighted the critical impact of the funds raised in enhancing access to essential health resources.

    Anne Aslett, CEO of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, applauded the remarkable success of the event, attributing it to the unwavering generosity of donors, sponsors, and partners, emphasizing that every contribution propels the Foundation closer to its mission of creating a more equitable world.

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    PWA
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    1 month ago

    As a Person With AIDS (PWA) since 1987, I have never seen the Elton John’s AIDS Foundation serve the WeHo community. It’s TAKEN our dog park away, our green lawn away, and our neighborhood into a shambles every year. Where’s the money Elton and David? Are you paying our co-pays? NO!

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    1 month ago

    I was just going to ask the same question where does the money go? Also I didn’t realize that none of the serves the people of West Hollywood that need help. There’s a lot of elderly seniors out there that could use this money for food rent, and medical care.! Where or how do we get a printout of where all the money goes for this??

    Weho artist
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    1 month ago

    Hold it in a private venue next year. Enough of this event shutting down PUBLIC spaces for weeks.

    Dave
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    1 month ago

    I agree with your statement. I hate that the lawn is ruined for quite sometime after this private event.

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