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amfAR’s 5th annual Inspiration Gala

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Yesterday evening at the Plaza Hotel amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, honored and dedicated AIDS activist HRH Crown Princess of Norway Mette-Marit and two of the companies that have had a huge influence on the progression of AIDS research: HBO and Calvin Klein collection. The trio received the Award of Inspiration at this year’s 5th annual Inspiration Gala.

The gala was presented by MAC Cosmetics VivaGlam and was hosted by actor Josh Duhamel. Designers Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli accpeted the award on behalf of  Calvin Klein Collection and Michael Lombardo, president of programming, accepted on behalf of HBO. Sarah Jessica Parker, a long time supporter of amfAR, presented Lombardo with the award.

Legendary British rock band New Order performed and entertained guests. This black-tie affair also featured a gala dinner, a live auction of luxury goods and a full-scale menswear runway show held in the historic Palm Court of the Plaza. The proceeds from this benefit will assist in amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research.

The co-chairs of this event included Matt Bomer, Thom Browne, Andy Cohen, Alan Cumming, Robert De Niro, John Demsey, Laura Dern, Simon Doonan, James Franco, Cheyenne Jackson, André Leon Talley, Jennifer Lopez, Thakoon Panichgul, Jim Parsons and Patrick Wilson.

The gala was produced by Josh Wood Productions. The event’s Official Technology partner was Microsoft. Their Gold Sponsor was Calvin Klein Collections and their Silver Sponsor was HBO. amfAR is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. It has invested more than $388 million in its programs and awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams globally.
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