This month's gala saw Aileen Getty, Goldie Hawn and the Hugo Boss Group honored for their outstanding humanitarian work and dedication in the fight against AIDS.
Aileen Getty decided over twenty years ago to state publicly that she was HIV positive and diagnosed with AIDS, admitting that her condition was the result of unprotected sex in an extramarital affair.
Her conviction that "HIV was something that required a woman to stand up and tell the truth" put an end to her eight year marriage but also led to her dedicating her life to eliminating the public's fear of AIDS and those who have it. She has since channeled her philanthropy towards some of the most disenfranchised in and around Hollywood, funding projects such as Dallas House - a shelter for women with AIDS - and actively taking a daily part in these projects as part of her own healing programme.
Goldie Hawn the award winning actor, has been a tireless campaigner for AIDS education and research for thirty years, and regularly endorses amfAR events, recently taking Honorary Chair at the inaugural Rio Inspiration Gala.
The Hugo Boss Group has been a committed supporter of amFAR and has taken a strong stance in its public responsibility towards men's health.
Chairs for the gala included Rebecca Wang, executive film producer and entrepreneur who is a devoted patron of the arts and a committed supporter to a number of significant charities; John Demsey, Group President of Estee Lauder; David Bohnett, philanthropist, technology entrepreneur and social activist; and Tim Hanlon, CEO of the Vetere Group.
Honorary Chairs included amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Naomi Campbell, amfAR's Chair for Global Fundraising Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson and Elizabeth Murdoch.
Chelsea Handler presented the programme for the Inspiration black tie event, which began with a cocktail reception before dinner. Following this was one of the highlights of the gala: a high energy set from legendary performer Grace Jones. After Ms. Jones' performance, the evening proceeded to a live auction.
amfAR Inspiration events have the dual aim of celebrating men's fashion and style and simultaneously raising funds for continuing work and research into AIDS. The evenings are held annually in 6 cities world-wide: New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro. They are renowned as much for the stunning standard of their entertainment as for the immense amount of goodwill and participation generated by their fundraising initiatives.
Sponsors for the evening included M.A.C Viva Glam, Microsoft, and international banking and financial services company Wells Fargo. Josh Wood Productions resumed their regular expert role in producing the evening.
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