Janet Jackson, Brooke Shields, Gwen Stefani, Freida Pinto, Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Patrick Dempsey and Harvey Weinstein are among those who will travel to Cannes to raise funds for AIDS research at amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS gala, to be held on May 19 during the 64th annual Cannes International Film Festival.
Other event chairs include amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, amfAR Global Fundraising Chair Sharon Stone, Milutin Gatsby, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele, Ryan Kavanaugh, Karl Lagerfeld, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Carine Roitfeld and Donatella Versace.
The annual star-studded event at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, will include a formal dinner and a world-renowned live auction, all to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. As in previous years, Harvey Weinstein will recruit talent from the room to help with the live auction.
For the first time this year, amfAR is partnering with L’Oréal Paris for the official L’Oréal amfAR After Party. Famed DJs Samantha Ronson, Sebastian Perrin, and special guests will provide the music late into the night at the Eden-Roc, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The L’Oréal amfAR After Party will be hosted by Gwen Stefani, Freida Pinto, Patrick Dempsey, Milla Jovovich, and Michelle Yeoh.
In past years, the Cinema Against AIDS auction has seen legendary impromptu performances by such artists as Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox, Patti Smith, Robin Williams, Natalie Cole, Liza Minnelli, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Ringo Starr, Macy Gray and Lionel Richie.
amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation since 1993, generating nearly $60 million for essential AIDS research. Past events have been chaired by Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John and Madonna.
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 that research into effective treatment, prevention, and education programs around the globe.
For event reservations and details, please call (212) 219-0297 or visit www.amfar.org.