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AMFAR Holds Annual New York Gala

Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Last night, February 11th, the amFAR held its 17th annual New York Gala at Cipriani. The black-tie benefit honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and serves as the official kick off to New York Fashion Week. This year’s honorees included Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson  and Patrick Demarchelier. The star studded event, sponsored by Harry Winston, included cocktails, a seated dinner, a live auction of luxury items, a musical performance by Dame Shirley Bassey and a special tribute to the honorees, and raised 2.25 million for AIDS research.

The amfAR New York Gala has been one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits since 1998 and consistently attracts and salutes some of the biggest names in entertainment, fashion, art, and AIDS advocacy. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Redgrave, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis and Anna Wintour amongst many others. To date, the amfAR New York Gala has raised more than $15 million for amfAR’s life-saving research.

Amongst the attendees were Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Kenneth Cole, Heidi Klum, Jeremy Piven, Paris Hilton, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Coco Rocha, Indre Rockefeller, Jay Manuel, Julia Restion-Roitfeld, Marina Abramovic, Chelsea Clinton, Domingo Zapata, Brooke Shields, Camila Alves, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Rodriguez, Stephen Galloway, Vera Wang, Inga Eiriksdottir, Shanina Shaik, Constance Jablonski, Ivanka Trump, Ginta Lapina, Kevin Robert Frost, Lindsay Ellingson, Donna Karan, Anna Cleveland, Alexandra Richards, Mia Moretti, Leandre Medine  and Erin O’Connor.


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