Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Huvane help to raise more than $1.3 Million at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA, October 12, 2012—Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Huvane, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Kate Hudson, Kristin Davis, Rose McGowan, Octavia Spencer, Lance Bass, Alessandra Ambrosio, Shaun White, and Beth Behrs were among those who came out to Milk Studios last night to the third Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Creative Artists Agency Managing Partner Kevin Huvane was honored with the Piaget Award of Inspiration at the event for his generous contributions to the fight against AIDS. The event, hosted by renowned comedian and best-selling author Chelsea Handler, raised more than $1.3 million to benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.
Award-winning actress, producer, and fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker presented the Piaget Award of Inspiration to Kevin Huvane, who she called “the grounding, consistent force in my professional life for 26 years.” Parker spoke of Huvane’s unwavering commitment to the people he loves and the causes that he’s passionate about, saying “his unflinching, selfless mindset is a quality we all long for in our leaders. It’s what helps bring people closer together.”
After accepting his award to a standing ovation, Huvane challenged the crowd to “restore the same urgency that so compelled Elizabeth Taylor, Mathilde Krim and the other founders of amfAR to fight for this cause,” saying, “We do that by teaching the next generation about the biggest epidemic of our lifetime… So that when our children ask the question, ‘What did you do?’ we will tell them we supported amfAR, and we helped them find the cure.”
Pop music legend Katy Perry closed out the night with a stunning acoustic set of some of her most beloved hits, including “Part of Me,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Firework,” which had the entire crowd on their feet. One lucky guest also walked away with the ultimate souvenir during the live auction when Perry donated a guitar, which she personally autographed for the winning bidder. The incomparable Perry, Billboard’s 2012 Woman of the Year, also offered to take the winner and their friends out for a night at the Abbey as part of the auction package. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity sold for $32,000.
Other highlights of the live auction included a print by renowned photographer Catherine Opie, which sold for $45,000, and a private polo lesson with Nacho Figueras, which sold for $18,000. At the close of the auction, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole reminded the crowd that we are poised at the brink of finding a cure for AIDS, and he encouraged guests to pledge in Kevin Huvane’s name to fund groundbreaking research. These additional pledges raised $150,000.
The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles was presented by M·A·C Viva Glam. amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Larry Boland, John Demsey, Michael Smith, and John Sotoodeh served as chairs of the event. Sponsors included Piaget, Wells Fargo, Hugo Boss, and Kohler. The Inspiration Gala Los Angeles, produced by Josh Wood Productions, is part of a series of amfAR events celebrating all aspects of men’s style. Hugo Boss, Tumi, and Thom Browne created “Black Tie/Athletic Inspired” fashion presentations, displayed by male models during cocktail hour. The gala also featured signature GREY GOOSE vodka specialty cocktails, including the new flavor GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir, and FIJI water.
Last night’s event marked the tenth event in the Inspiration series; other events have taken place in Paris, New York and São Paulo. Previous Award of Inspiration honorees have included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ricky Martin, James Franco, Francisco Costa, Mario Testino, Robert Duffy/Marc Jacobs International, and Fergie. To date, the Inspiration series has raised more than $6 million for 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. www.amfar.org
About Josh Wood Productions:
Josh Wood Productions has produced and promoted socially conscious events and concerts featuring artists such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Lou Reed, Scissors Sisters, Michael Stipe, and the Pet Shop Boys. Their events have raised money and awareness for Downtown for Democracy, The Guggenheim Foundation, Empire State Pride Agenda, Friends of Hillary, Friends of the Highline, Hetrik Martin Institute, MoveOn, Obama for America, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Veterans for Peace. Josh Wood Productions’ latest project, “The Inspiration Gala Series: A Celebration of Men’s Style,” is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR. For more information please visit www.joshwoodproductions.com.
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