23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Raises Over $5.8 Million

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Sir Elton John‘s 23rd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised $5.8 million over the weekend for the battle to end HIV/AIDS!

According to Look To The Stars, the party, which was hosted by Elton and David Furnish, took place on Sunday, February 22, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Sponsored by  Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo, the party had many stars including Heidi Klum, the Osbournes, Russell Simmons, Sia, Lil’ Kim, Miley Cyrus, and so many more! The guests enjoyed cocktails and then dinner and the actual viewing of the Oscars telecast live. Chef Gordon Ramsey was in charge of the feast, preparing a fantastic five-course meal for everyone.

After the dinner, there was a live auction, including items such as the Jeurgen Teller photograph of Joan Didion for the Celine Campaign Spring Summer 2015, the Stephen Somerstein print of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to 25,000 Civil Rights Marchers at End of Selma To Montgomery, Alabama March, an all-inclusive, four-night stay for four people at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort,  a five-day stay for four people at Steven Tyler‘s Hawaiian Retreat, and even two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party later that night!

During the event, guests were encouraged to text in pledges to support Sir Elton’s foundation and its mission. It obviously was an outstanding success! “What we’re able to do in just one evening continues to amaze me,” Sir Elton said to his guests. “Because of your generosity last year, we helped nearly 70,000 people across the U.S. and the Caribbean to receive regular HIV testing services. Because you cared, an additional 15,000 people were able to stay in continuous medical care, and nearly 12,000 achieved complete viral suppression. That’s an amazing achievement. And this year, we’re poised to do even more. Together, we’re making real progress against this epidemic by helping one person, one community, at a time. And it is not at all unrealistic to think that together we can end AIDS in our lifetime.”

This event has been making an impact for years now, and it seems to grow every year! I truly do believe, like Sir Elton said, that it’s not unrealistic to see an end to HIV/AIDS. This event is also helping those who struggle with the diseases with their medical care, which is awesome as well. Sir Elton, David, and their team should be extremely proud of the great work that they are doing!

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