The Best of the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017
Each year during the Cannes Film festival guests of the festival, including donors, researchers and celebrity spokesmen for the organization gather for the one of the big ticket festival items, the annual AmfAR Gala, one of the largest charitable events of the year.
Founded in 1985, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment, education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy in an effort to end the global AIDS epidemic. Since it’s inception, the organization has invested over $450 million into it’s programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants for research worldwide. To date, this annual star-studded event has raised more than $190 million for amfAR’s research programs and has helped keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight.
Standing true to it’s motto: Making AIDS History, AmfAR has pledged a $100 million Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative with the hopes of developing the scientific basis for a cure by the year 2020.
On May 25th, the highly anticipated 24th annual event, produced by AAB Productions and Andy Boose, sponsored by Harry Winston, the Bold Films Company, Moët Hennesy, Persol and Renault, returned to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, d’Antibes, France.
Chaired by Pedro Almodóvar, Len Blavatnik, Jessica Chastain, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nayla Hayek, Lisa and Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Michel Litvak, Eva Longoria, David Lynch, Vincent Roberti, Carine Rotifeld, Harvey Weinstein; Co-Chaired by; Carlos Ghosn, Lisa and Germano Giuliani, Thomas Leclercq, Christophe Navarre, Dr. Cyrus S. Poonwalla, Emily Ratajkowski, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Irina Shayk and Lara Stone and Vice-Charied by Herman Bühlbecker, Dennis Davidson and Gary Michael Walters, the evening brought guests together for fashion, dining and fundraising.
The evening featured guests in their stunning fashions;
And included, musical performances from Nicki Minaj, Diana Ross, Rita Ora, Joe Jonas, DNCE, and a Carine Roitfeld curated fashion show, Golden Age of Hollywood, featuring original looks from the world’s most famous fashion designers and the world’s top models, which fetched a 3 million € winning bid for the entire collection of dresses.
Also on hand were the bevy of celebrities including Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman, Tobey Maguire, Chris Tucker, David Beckham, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Leonardo DiCaprio, model Bella Hadid, to assist with the luxurious fundraising auction which included some of the most outrageous prizes!
These included a Meeting with his holiness the Dalai Lama(350,000 winning bid), A private one-on-one match with David Beckham(350,000€ winning bid),
a 1958 Jaguar XK150 (600,000€ winning bid),
Hennesy Legacy Packagea Hennessy Legacy Package; which included a unique Hennessy•8 piece, Maison Hennessy historic cognac, along with a one-of-a-kind companion sculpture signed by the internationally acclaimed artist Arik Lévy (125,000€ winning bid);
a 10 piece George Hurrel Photo collection (500,000€ winning bid),
a week aboard super yacht Serenity (450,000€ winning bid) ,
and a seven day stay at 1OAK Maldives for up to 60 people (700,000€ winning bid).
Information about AmfAR: AmfAr official website. Prize information: Forbes Magazine Images: c/o Getty Images. This post is not sponsored post.