Sharon Stone Helps to Raise More than $1.1 Million for AIDS Research at amfAR Milano
Presented by Moët Hennessy, Featured Performances by Theophilus London and Anna Calvi; After-Party Presented by Fendi 0', Featured DJ Sets by Mark Ronson and Mia Moretti
New York, NY, September 23, 2012 - amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Theophilus London, Anna Calvi, Mark Ronson, Solange Knowles, Roberto and Eva Cavalli, Dean and Dan Caten, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Carla Fendi, Margherita Missoni, Teresa Missoni, Jessica Stam, Dree Hemingway, Stefano Accorsi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Bianca Balti, Cara Delevingne, Mia Moretti, Anne Vyalitsyna, Lindsey Wixson, Coco Brandolini D'Adda, Giovanna Battaglia, and Livia Firth were among those who came out to La Permanente last night for amfAR Milano, the Foundation's fourth annual benefit held in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week. Sharon Stone chaired the event, along with Silvia Venturini Fendi, Lapo Elkann, Milutin Gatsby, Christophe Navarre, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole. The evening raised more than $1.1 million for AIDS research.
The black-tie gala was held at La Permanente and featured a cocktail reception, dinner and memorable performances by fashion industry favorites Theophilus London and Anna Calvi.
Kenneth Cole took the stage to acknowledge the fashion community for their longstanding support. In the 26 years since amfAR's founding, Cole said, "close to 30 million people have died of AIDS. Even though that number is staggering, because of AIDS research, millions more lives have been saved."
Sharon Stone displayed her auctioneer prowess during the evening's high-energy live auction. Highlights included:
- Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared² donated a handmade, one-of-a-kind outfit of their own design, worn at the event by model Jessica Stam, that included a Swarovski crystal-encrusted white dress and glittering shoes, cuffs, earrings, and necklace.
- An etching by Damien Hirst, one of the most prominent artists of his generation, sold for €110,000.
- Seminal photographer Chrisopher Makos donated an image of amfAR founder Dame Elizabeth Taylor on a motorcycle. The signed print, capturing Dame Elizabeth's playful spirit and unparalleled star power, fetched €30,000.
- Moët Hennessy donated a gold-leaf Mathusalem of Moët & Chandon Impérial, handcrafted by Arthus-Bertrand. The 6-liter bottle was sold once and immediately donated back to amfAR to be auctioned off again, raising a total of €30,000.
- A very rare portrait of Andy Warhol, from Karen Bystedt's "The Lost Warhols" Collection, sold for €50,000.
- A limited edition Louis Vuitton vanity case, designed by Sharon Stone, sold for €70,000. Sharon Stone partnered with Louis Vuitton in 2000 to create the special line of vanity cases with all proceeds to be donated to amfAR. Over the years these cases have raised $4 million for AIDS research.
- A one-of-a-kind sofa designed by STUDIO 65 for GUFRAM and crafted especially for amfAR Milano sold for €35,000 to Roberto Cavalli. The iconic "lips" sofa design was re-interpreted for the first time in 40 years by Italian artist Letizia Cariello.
- Famed DJ, musician, and producer Mark Ronson added an impromptu DJ lesson.
amfAR Milano was presented by Moët Hennessy and hotel partner Westin Palace Milano. Fendi O' presented the official amfAR Milano after-party at La Permanente, which featured DJ sets by Mark Ronson and Mia Moretti.
Through the years, the Italian fashion community has been exemplary in its support of amfAR, with fashion houses and designers underwriting and leading many of the Foundation's most successful fundraising efforts. Since amfAR's first international benefit, held in 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival and hosted by amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the Foundation's international galas in Milan, New York, Cannes, Venice, Rome, and Dubai have become some of the most high-profile and eagerly anticipated charity events in the world and have helped raise millions for critical AIDS research programs.
Source: amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $340 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. www.amfar.org
Cub Barrett, Program Communications Manager, amfAR
Albert Lang, Communications Manager, TFAH
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