The 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised a record-breaking $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS.
The gala, which took place on Sunday, February 26, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was generously sponsored by BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.
Attendees included Andie Macdowell, Bernie Taupin, Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Leona Lewis, Ruby Rose, Russell Simmons, Vanessa Hudgens, and Yvonne Orji, among others.
During the evening, Elton and David introduced Open Road and Survival Pictures’ new film – The Promise – which tells the story of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey at the outset of World War I. Written by Terry George and Robin Swicord and directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), The Promise stars Oscar Issac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon.
In addition to sharing EJAF’s vision for championing human rights, The Promise team at Survival Pictures has taken the unprecedented step of making the commitment to donate all proceeds from the film to nonprofit humanitarian organizations including EJAF. As part of this commitment, Survival Pictures matched the pledges guests made to EJAF via text and live auction purchases during the event to help make EJAF’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party a record-setting evening.
“As we look back on our efforts over the past 25 years to prevent HIV infections, help people living with the disease, and speak up for their rights, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot of valuable experiences to inform our work going forward,” said Elton. “This party and our work have always been about love, inclusion, fairness, and good health for everyone. We believe these remedies can cure anything – most especially AIDS.”