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Event features performance by MARY J. BLIGE

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL April 5, 2014—amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Riccardo Tisci, Felipe Diniz, Dinho Diniz, Lucilia Diniz, Francisco Costa, Ana Beatriz Barros, Sabrina Sato, Izabel Goulart, Candice Swanepoel, Barbara Fiahlo, Lea T, Vik Muniz, and amfAR Trustee Vin Roberti were among those who gathered at the home of Dinho Diniz last night for the fourth annual Inspiration Gala Sao Paulo. The event raised $2.8 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs, making it the Foundation’s most successful benefit in Brazil to date.

The event featured a heartfelt tribute to Nizan Guanaes, one of Brazil’s leading communications entrepreneurs, and Donata Meirelles, style director of Vogue Brasil. They were each presented with the Humanitarian Award by supermodel Naomi Campbell, who served as host of the black-tie gala.

The evening’s live auction, conducted by Sharon Stone with the help of Nizan Guanaes, featured an array of coveted luxury items. Kate Moss raised the stakes on a package that included a rare bottle of Moët & Chandon and tickets to the exclusive Moet & Chandon area at the 2015 French Open when she agreed to autograph the bottle for the winning bidder. A custom portrait by famed Brazilian artist Vik Muniz raised a total of $340,000 when Muniz, who was in the audience, spontaneously agreed to offer the portrait sitting to three different bidders. UFC champion Anderson Silva, also in attendance, followed suit later in the evening when a bidding war broke out over a package that featured a private boxing lesson with the fighter. Silva agreed to offer the lesson twice, raising a total of $150,000. One of the highest-selling lots of the night was a World Cup experience package, courtesy of Louis Vuitton. The lot included two tickets to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro and a one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton leather football, selling for $100,000.

Stone also spoke movingly about amfAR’s new Countdown to a Cure initiative, launched with the goal of finding a broadly applicable cure for AIDS by 2020. “We won’t end this deadly global AIDS epidemic until we find a cure and a vaccine,” Stone said. “And with every passing day, we lose close to 5,000 men, women, and children to AIDS. So we need to step up the pace and we need to set ambitious goals for ourselves.”

To close out the official program, the iconic, Grammy Award-winning Mary J. Blige performed for the first time ever in Brazil. Blige treated guests to a special set of her hits including “Family Affair” and “No More Drama,” and a soulful rendition of U2’s “One” that brought the house down. Singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record of eight multi- platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 31 nominations), a 2012 Golden Globe nomination, and four American Music Awards, Blige is a global superstar. The singer/songwriter has attracted an intensely loyal fan base, which is responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.

Legendary samba artist Mart’nália had guests dancing late into the night at the after-party, and was joined on stage by fellow Brazilian musical icons Seu Jorge and Gaby Amarantos.

Sharon Stone and supermodel Kate Moss returned to Brazil for the second consecutive year to help raise awareness and critical funds for AIDS research. Ms. Stone and Ms. Moss served as Event Chairs alongside Naomi Campbell, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, and Lucilia Diniz served as Honorary Chairs. The Diniz family has been vital to the success of amfAR’s Inspiration series in Brazil since its inception. In addition to offering up his home to host the gala, Dinho Diniz kicked off the night with a $100,000 donation, an astounding display of generosity.

The Inspiration Gala São Paulo’s Platinum Sponsors included Louis Vuitton, Iguatemi São Paulo, Microsoft, Karavelle, and Carla Amorim. Silver Sponsors were Carmen Steffens and Cyrela Realty. Luxury beverages were provided by Moët Hennessy. The event’s Bronze Sponsors were Vogue Brasil, Fasano, and Silvia Furmanovich. Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR.

The Inspiration series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate all aspects of men’s style while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. Inspiration galas have taken place in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro, raising more than $12 million to date.

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 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 Style," is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR. For more information please visit