Long term global fundraising chairman Sharon Stone and designer Marc Jacobs support amfAR Inspiration Night Paris.
Following its highly successful annual Cinema Against AIDS fundraiser which was held last month at the Cannes Film Festival and raised just under $11 million, amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research) hosted a second French event, their Inspiration Night Paris 2012, on 28th June at the iconic Parisian venue Maxims.
Attendees included Marc Jacobs who presided over the evening as Honorary Chair, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, hosting the event, Lee Radziwill, sister to the late Jackie Kennedy, film director Sofia Coppola, actress Dita von Teese and Hollywood executive producer Rebecca Wang, who said:.
“I am proud to be a sponsor of this Inspiration Paris Night, supporting amfAR in its fight against AIDS – an indiscriminate disease which affects all ages, races and cultures. There are more than 33 million people fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide – a scale which demands action by all of us, to educate others and to help to stem the spread. amfAR works tirelessly to raise awareness of the disease itself, and is also world –renowned for its commitment to research of new treatments, vaccines, clinical studies and equally to the role of prevention in combating the effects of AIDS”.
The Piaget Award of Inspiration was awarded to Robert Duffy, President of Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs International, in recognition of the companies’ persistent and tireless work towards the eradication of AIDS.
Sponsors for the evening were Rebecca Wang Entertainment, MAC Cosmetics and Piaget, while the event was staged by Josh Wood Productions.
Launched in 2010, amfAR’s Inspiration Gala Series are held across leading cities world-wide and focus on celebrating men’s fashion and style while also taking time to acknowledge and honour those who have made an especial contribution in the fight against AIDS. They hold a well-deserved reputation for being evenings which combine entertainment of dazzling creativity with impressive fundraising for the organisation’s health and research programmes. To date Inspiration Galas have been held in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and Miami.
These and other amfAR fund-raising events bring together A-list celebrities, socialites and international public figures. High profile guests have included Bill Clinton, Giorgio Armani, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Nicole Kidman, Sir Elton John, Valentino, Anna Wintour and Leonardo Di Caprio to name a few.
Since it’s founding in 1985 amfAR has invested over $338 million into its programmes and awarded over 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.