On Monday night, the Elton John AIDS Foundation raised more than 3.3 million dollars at its 14th annual An Enduring Vision benefit gala.
The event was held at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. Elton and David Furnish presented Enduring Vision awards to three EJAF supporters, M. Michele Burns, Robert J. Coury, and Tracey Emin.
M. Michele Burns is an internationally recognised corporate and philanthropic leader who played an integral part in the EJAF‘s inception, and has served as an Executive Board Member from the very beginning. Robert J. Coury, Executive Chairman of Mylan, continues to be a visionary in leading the company into areas where it can make a difference, such as improving global health and helping to end the AIDS epidemic. Tracey Emin is a successful artist and and tireless advocate for human rights causes.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed the gala dinner for an eighth time. Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, spoke about the organisation’s achievements and the role of philanthropy in ending the AIDS epidemic. KC and the Sunshine Band took the stage for a rollicking performance of disco classics. And guest auctioneer Alexander Gilkes of Paddle 8 conducted a live auction featuring such one-of-a-kind items as a neon work of art by honoree, Tracey Emin; a 1999 print of Elton by photographer David LaChapelle; and fine jewelry by Lily Gabriella.
“I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am to all of the amazing donors and friends who support and attend An Enduring Vision year after year,” said Elton. “Their generosity helps to make our lifesaving work possible and brings us closer to achieving our vision of a world without AIDS.”