amfARs CINEMA AGAINST AIDS XX BREAKS ALL RECORDS RAISES $25 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND FIND A CURE
EVENT SPONSORED BY BOLD FILMS, LOVEGOLD, and BANK JULIUS BAER
CANNES, FRANCE May 24, 2013 A trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio, a private performance by legendary rock icons Duran Duran, and a family portrait sitting with Annie Leibovitz: these were just a few of the items sold at amfARs most successful benefit event to date. Cinema Against AIDS XX exceeded all expectations, raising nearly $25 million in a single night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS.
Harvey Weinstein, a longtime chair of Cinema Against AIDS, helped to lead the live auction at the record-breaking charity event, held in conjunction with the Cannes International Film Festival on May 23 at the famed Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France.
amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone said in a statement, Tonight in Cannes weve made AIDS history. Weve made $25 million with the very people who seeded the pediatric AIDS fund. Were grateful, and were grateful to that one little girl in Mississippi who was our first child cured. To you, we dedicate this evening, because you are the girl whos taking us forward into the future, when this cure will be here not only for the 330,000 children who have AIDS, but the 34 million people who are living with AIDS. Tonight is for you. We love you. Our hope belongs to you.
Stone was a Chair of the event, along with Weinstein and amfAR Ambassadors Janet Jackson and Milla Jovovich, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Jessica Chastain, Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Aram Shishmanian, Michel Litvak, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, and Boris Collardi, who were all in attendance.
amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Harvey Weinstein took the stage together during the night to reflect on how much the Cinema Against AIDS event has grown since its inception at the Cannes film festival in 1993, largely due to the passionate support of the film, music, and fashion communities. At the end of the night, Cole and Weinstein announced the $25 million raised to the audience, and thanked everyone involved for bringing amfAR a step closer to curing AIDS.
Guests included Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adrien Brody, Thom Browne, Rosario Dawson, Lily Donaldson, Goldie Hawn, Eva Herzigova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jeremy Irvine, Stacy Keibler, Karlie Kloss, Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Melanie Laurent, Annie Leibowitz, Olivia Palermo, Zachary Quinto, Aishwarya Rai, Jeremy Renner, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Liberty Ross, Anja Rubik, Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Irina Shayk, Joan Smalls, Audrey Tautou, Stefano Tonchi, Giambattista Valli, Stefanie Van Der Laan, Paz Vega, Dita Von Teese, Christoph Waltz, and Zhang Ziyi, among many others.
Some of the highlights in a truly unforgettable evening included live performances by internationally renowned musical acts. Duran Duran, who have sold more than 100 million records throughout their storied career, had guests at Cinema Against AIDS dancing in the aisles. Joined by dozens of top models on stage, they played their cult classic Girls on Film, giving their only public performance of 2013. Dame Shirley Bassey made a special appearance to sing a number of her much loved and celebrated songs, including Goldfinger, and brought the house down with a commanding performance. Ellie Goulding, one of the UKs most exciting singer-songwriters, opened the evening with a stripped-down acoustic rendition of Lights. Rounding out the line-up was American Music Awards winner Hot Chelle Rae, who performed their mega-smash hit Tonight, Tonight.
The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show was one of the most dynamic moments of the night. Curated by Carine Roitfeld, forty top models walked in the spectacular runway presentation of one-of-a-kind gold looks, accessorized with gold jewelry from emerging and established designers. The entire collection was auctioned off for a total of 1.2 million. The show was streamed live on LoveGold.com.
Participating designers included: Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Burberry, Chanel, Christian Dior, Comme Des Garçons, Emilio Pucci, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, JW Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Roberto Cavalli, Shiatzy Chen, Tarun Tahiliani, Thom Browne, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko, Valentino, Versace, and Vionnet.
The auction opened with an Academy Awards® Weekend package that sold for 1.5 million euros. The lot included tickets to some of the most exclusive Hollywood awards season parties. Leonardo DiCaprio generously donated a pair of tickets to the upcoming premiere of Martin Scorseses The Wolf of Wall Street, in which he stars. Heidi Klum offered the unbelievable additi