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Elphaba and Elton: Charity Ball to be Held Tonight

Written by Chief Editor.

The Argento Ball for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in association with Bvlgari and Bob and Tamar Manoukian is a twofold celebration.

Firstly, the ball, which is being held in Windsor this evening, marks the Silver Anniversary of the EJAF.

Over the last 25 years, the philanthrophy's achievements include: reaching millions across 26 countries with the HIV information, support and care to save their lives and protect those they love; preventing almost a million babies being born with the HIV virus; and helping to leverage more than £300 million in additional funding from governments and funding partners.

This has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a manageable condition, which requires just one pill a day and the possibility of a normal life expectancy. Since the EJAF's first ever summer ball back in 1999, global HIV treatment has expanded from less than 300,000 people to over 20 million.

On this note, the Argento Ball also sees the launch of this year’s fundraising campaign, which is aimed at young people at risk of HIV.
 
Ed Sheeran will perform, and Graham Norton is to serve as MC. Nicole Parker, whose roles include ''Elphaba'' in the Broadway production of Wicked, will treat guests to her celebrity impressions, featured on MAD TV. Also taking part will be the award-winning drum and bass band Rudimental.

The foundation thanks partners Bvlgari as well as long-standing friends Bob and Tamar Manoukian, who have ensured that 100% of tonight's contributions will go towards continuing  the EJAF's vital work.