By Tim Saunders on
“I hope we raise a lot of money and I hope people go away thinking about AIDS and the difficulties we have throughout the world with AIDS,” said Sir Elton during the seventh annual gala to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I hope they also have a good time so that they come back next year. I mean, it’s great to go and give money but you can’t bat people over the head with things. But we’ve got it down quite well now, David [Furnish, Elton’s partner] and I. We’ve been doing this for so long that people seem to want to come back so that’s the secret of our success, I hope.”
The evening featured performances from Sir Elton – who was joined by Gladys Knight for a soulful version of What Are Friends For – as well as a cocktail reception, dinner, and live auction.
Tim Allen also received the Enduring Vision award for his support of the EJAF mission raise awareness and help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
“I’m doing my best to accept an award from the genuine article, and I just hope I can stick with being humble and not be a jerk, as is my natural reaction to be funny and try and laugh this off,” he said. “It’s a terrific thing that he’s [Sir Elton] done and I’m just doing the best I can.”
The event raised over $2 million for the EJAF.
“I’m so proud to be in this country,” said Sir Elton. “So proud to be a part of something so incredibly moving, and touching.”
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