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amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST
AIDS XX BREAKS ALL RECORDS – RAISES $25 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
AND FIND A CURE
EVENT SPONSORED BY BOLD FILMS, LOVEGOLD, and BANK
For event photos and video footage, visit www.epklink.com/amfAR2013
CANNES, FRANCE May 24, 2013— A trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a private
performance by legendary rock icons Duran Duran, and a family portrait sitting
with Annie Leibovitz: these were just a few of the items sold at amfAR’s most successful
benefit event to date. Cinema Against AIDS XX exceeded all expectations,
raising nearly $25 million in a single night, helping amfAR in its continued
fight against HIV/AIDS.
amfAR has long been known for its global reach, but
Cinema Against AIDS XX marked its first foray into outer space fundraising,
with three seats aboard Virgin Galactic alongside Leonardo DiCaprio selling for
a combined total of €3 million. This truly once in a lifetime
opportunity, secured by amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby,
raised more than any other single auction item ever seen at an amfAR benefit. Harvey
Weinstein, a longtime chair of Cinema Against AIDS, helped to lead the live
auction at the record-breaking charity event, held in conjunction with the
Cannes International Film Festival on May 23 at the famed Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
in Antibes, France.
amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone said in
a statement, “Tonight in Cannes we've made AIDS
history. We've made $25 million with the very people who seeded the pediatric
AIDS fund. We're grateful, and we're grateful to that one little girl in
Mississippi who was our first child cured. To you, we dedicate this evening,
because you are the girl who's taking us forward into the future, when this
cure will be here not only for the 330,000 children who have AIDS, but the 34
million people who are living with AIDS. Tonight is for you. We love you. Our
hope belongs to you.”
Stone was a Chair of the event, along with Weinstein
and amfAR Ambassadors Janet Jackson and Milla Jovovich, amfAR Chairman Kenneth
Cole, Jessica Chastain, Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Heidi
Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Aram Shishmanian, Michel Litvak, Roberto and Eva
Cavalli, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, and Boris Collardi, who were all in
amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Harvey Weinstein took
the stage together during the night to reflect on how much the Cinema Against
AIDS event has grown since its inception at the Cannes film festival in 1993,
largely due to the passionate support of the film, music, and fashion
communities. At the end of the night, Cole and Weinstein announced the $25
million raised to the audience, and thanked everyone involved for bringing
amfAR a step closer to curing AIDS.
Guests included Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Adrien Brody, Thom Browne, Rosario Dawson, Lily Donaldson, Goldie Hawn, Eva
Herzigova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jeremy Irvine, Stacy Keibler, Karlie
Kloss, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Melanie Laurent, Annie Leibowitz, Olivia
Palermo, Zachary Quinto, Aishwarya Rai, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Restoin
Roitfeld, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Liberty Ross, Anja Rubik, Ludivine Sagnier,
Kristin Scott Thomas, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Audrey Tautou, Stefano Tonchi,
Giambattista Valli, Stefanie Van Der Laan, Paz Vega, Dita Von Teese, Christoph
Waltz, and Zhang Ziyi, among many others.
Some of the highlights in a truly unforgettable evening
included live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Duran
Duran, who have sold more than 100 million records throughout their storied
career, had guests at Cinema Against AIDS dancing in the aisles. Joined by
dozens of top models on stage, they played their cult classic “Girls on Film,”
giving their only public performance of 2013. Dame Shirley Bassey made a
special appearance to sing a number of her much loved and celebrated songs,
including “Goldfinger,” and brought the house down with a commanding
performance. Ellie Goulding, one of the UK’s most exciting singer-songwriters,
opened the evening with a stripped-down acoustic rendition of “Lights.”
Rounding out the line-up was American Music Awards winner Hot Chelle Rae, who
performed their mega-smash hit “Tonight, Tonight.”
“The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show” was one of
the most dynamic moments of the night. Curated by Carine Roitfeld, forty top
models walked in the spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold
looks, accessorized with gold jewelry from emerging and established designers.
The entire collection was auctioned off for a total of €1.2 million. The show
was streamed live on LoveGold.com.
Participating designers included: Alexander McQueen,
Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Comme Des Garçons,
Emilio Pucci, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, JW Anderson,
Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu,
Moncler, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Roberto Cavalli, Shiatzy Chen, Tarun
Tahiliani, Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko, Valentino, Versace, and
The fashion show also featured jewelry by: Amrapali,
Eddie Borgo, Bulgari, Chopard, Coomi, Hilat, Hoorsenbuhs, Ana Khouri, Pamela
Love, Kimberly McDonald, Aurora Lopez Mejia, Miansai, Anndra Neen, Ofira,
Hattie Rickards, Lorraine Schwartz, Anand Shah, Symetree, Tarun Tahiliani, Van
Cleef and Arpels, House of Waris, and Wright and Teague.
The auction opened with an Academy Awards® Weekend
package that sold for 1.5 million euros. The lot included tickets to some of
the most exclusive Hollywood awards season parties. Leonardo DiCaprio
generously donated a pair of tickets to the upcoming premiere of Martin
Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which he stars. Heidi Klum offered the
unbelievable addition of going along as the winner’s date. The package was so
popular in the room that a second set of tickets went for €500,000,
minus Ms. Klum.
amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone led an
appeal that raised more than €1.25 million for amfAR’s Pediatric AIDS
A private, in-home performance by Duran Duran was
another of the evening’s priceless auction items. This one-of-a-kind experience
sold for €400,000.
Goldie Hawn auctioned off a stay at Donna Karan’s
Parrot Cay retreat and a pink gold and diamond Shamballa Jewels Royal
Bracelet. The package sold for €200,000.
Adrien Brody and Rosario Dawson auctioned a stunning
motorcycle specially commissioned by Redemption Choppers as a tribute to the 20th
edition of Cinema Against AIDS, which sold for €600,000.
Zachary Quinto helped to sell a priceless opportunity
to play soccer alongside Zinedine Zidane and take in a Real Madrid match with
the world-famous footballer in his private box at Real Madrid Santiago Bernabou
Stadium, which sold for €380,000.
Other artworks in the auction included an Andy Warhol
print of amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, “Liz,
1964,” a Damien Hirst piece entitled “DL-Octopamine,” and an original plate
portrait by Julian Schnabel.
A rare bottle of 1893 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage
Collection sold for €50,000 and was presented by Jeremy Irvine.
Cinema Against AIDS XX featured an exhibition by
iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also donated coveted items to the live
auction. Her Niagara Falls print sold for €320,000, and the chance to sit for a
private family portrait with Leibovitz sold for €450,000.
Longtime amfAR supporter Roberto Cavalli was
responsible for the design and décor for the gala dinner. The famed Italian
designer created a spectacular setting for the event, dressing every table and
chair in his dazzling signature prints.
Simon de Pury served as official auctioneer.
Cinema Against AIDS XX was presented by BOLD FILMS,
LOVEGOLD, and BANK JULIUS BAER. Signature Sponsors were CHOPARD,
MERCEDES-BENZ, and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY. Moët Hennessy was a Grand
Philanthropist. The After Party was presented by Moncler.
Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman
Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event
has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by
amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi
Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no
borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the
Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to
fund HIV/AIDS researchers
worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy,
prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.
The event was produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.
For more information, visit www.amfar.org.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the
world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of HIV
research, 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
Bold Films is an independent film finance and
production company dedicated to finding original voices, nurturing the highest
quality of craftsmanship, and creating an artistic haven for filmmakers. Bold
produces smart, provocative feature films designed to appeal to our global
partners and commercial audiences around the world.
LoveGold seeks out the world’s most beautiful gold
jewelry, the designers creating it and the people wearing it.
Bank Julius Baer
Julius Baer is the leading Swiss private banking group
and a premium brand in global wealth management. Sophisticated private clients
from around the globe have entrusted the bank, founded in 1890, with over USD
200 billion in assets. Julius Baer, which is particularly known for its
independent investment advice and client-centric approach, operates in more
than 20 countries and 40 locations worldwide. www.juliusbaer.com
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