On Monday, November 5, the Elton John AIDS Foundation will host its annual New York fall gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
At this year’s event, the founder of the charity and Chairman David Furnish will honour Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with the EJAF’s Enduring Vision Award. Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host.
“At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever, and we remain steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic,” said Elton. “We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, what they believe, where they come from, or what they do.”
The foundation is delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, and the Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund as the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s gathering.
The Co-Sponsors are Gilead Sciences and the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Hearst and M•A•C Viva Glam. Silver Sponsors are Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex, Merck, and James L. and Margo Nederlander.
Event Chairs for the gala include names like Marina Abramović; Jon Bon Jovi; Andy Cohen; Alan Cumming; Billy Joel; Quincy Jones; Billie Jean King; Cyndi Lauper; Bette Midler; Sarah Jessica Parker; Cindy Sherman; Gloria Steinem; Michael Stipe; John Waters; Steven Tyler; Trudie Styler and Sting.