On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will kick off New York Fashion Week with its annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street and will pay tribute to actress Scarlett Johansson and Artistic Director Donatella Versace for their longstanding support of amfAR and the fight against AIDS.
The black-tie gala will be presented by Harry Winston.
Hosted by actor, writer, and director Lena Dunham, amfAR’s New York Gala, now in its 19th year, will feature dinner, a live auction, honoree tributes, and a special musical performance by Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Ellie Goulding.
Event Chairs include Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Harry Belafonte, Steve Buscemi and Jo Andres, Naomi Campbell, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Canno Roberts, Alan Cumming, Patrick Demarchelier, Lady Gaga, Nina Garcia, Nayla Hayek, Iman, Elton John and David Furnish, Heidi Klum, Vasily Klyukin, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Cindi Leive, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vincent Roberti, Carine Roitfeld, Riccardo Silva, Stefano Tonchi, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Co-Chairs include Alessandra Ambrosio, Arlen and Michele Andelson, Donald Capoccia, Maggio Cipriani, Jim Clerkin, Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Toni Garnn, Terry Lundgren, Kevin S. McClatchy and Jack Basilone, John and Stephanie Roberts, and Paolo Rotelli.
The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Harvey Weinstein, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Natasha Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.
Harry Winston is the Presenting Sponsor. The event’s Signature Sponsor is Moët Hennessy. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.
The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.