AmfAR honors Bill Clinton at gala
For its silver anniversary of 25 years, amfAR, a nonprofit that works to fight HIV/AIDS, will commemorate by honoring former U.S. President Bill Clinton at its upcoming gala. Clinton, together with Elizabeth Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg, will receive the charity’s Award of Courage during amfAR’s annual New York Gala in February.
“Each of these honorees has made vital and distinctive contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS,” amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole told WWD. “We are enormously proud to be able to pay tribute to such exceptional and compassionate humanitarians.”
The black-tie affair, one of the kick-off events of New York Fashion Week, is designed to pay homage to those who have made outstanding contributions toward defeating AIDS.
Past galas have honored celebrities from the world of entertainment, fashion, art and politics, including Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Sir Elton John, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Natasha Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Julian Schnabel and Anna Wintour.
The event, which all three award winners will attend, is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. In addition to recognizing the honorees, the shindig will include cocktails, dinner and a live auction of luxury items.
Since its inception in 1985, amfAR has striven to bring an end to the international AIDS epidemic through cutting-edge research. Having contributed more than $307 million and bestowed more than 2,000 grants to research teams, amfAR has significantly increased our understanding of HIV. The organization, which plays a key role in accelerating the pace of research, claims to have made major breakthroughs in studying and treating HIV/AIDS.