The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 10th annual An Enduring Vision benefit event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City next week.

The October 26 event will see Anderson Cooper return as host, and there will be a performance by Smokey Robinson.

This year’s Enduring Vision Awards will be presented to to EJAF benefactors Bob and Tamar Manoukian, EJAF Advisory Board member Greg Gorman, and corporate philanthropic leader John Demsey, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies and Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund.

The 2010 An Enduring Vision event raised more than $2.1 million. Find out more about past events here.

Last week, Sir Elton John joined Sen. Bill Nelson – senior U.S. senator from Florida, one of the states hardest hit by AIDS – to write an op-ed about the life-and-death power of AIDS funding on

“Right now, more than 1 million Americans are infected with HIV/AIDS and 56,000 new cases occur every year. AIDS is the leading cause of death for young African-American women in the United States.

“The epidemic has hit hard in New York, California, Florida and Texas. In Florida, for example, one in every 205 white men, one in every 113 Latino men and one in every 42 African-American men is HIV-positive.

“In the 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made its first report on AIDS, there has been enormous scientific progress in treatment and prevention, but there’s still a long way to go.

“In these difficult times, we must not lose sight of the fact that prevention and care remain a critical weapon against this epidemic — which is why we must have affordable and accessible treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS.

This spring, President Barack Obama asked Congress for an increase in AIDS medication funding. The president requested $940 million for the next fiscal year. A key Senate appropriations subcommittee recently approved $900 million. In the days ahead, Congress will have to decide."

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