Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Woodside Gallery Dinner Raises £3.3M





Elton John and David Furnish have raised in excess of £3.3 million following their third Woodside Gallery Dinner, which saw a plethora of philanthropists make donations towards the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS and eliminating the stigma associated with the disease.


The night was hosted by comedian David Walliams and welcomed guests including Kevin Spacey, Valentino and Elizabeth Hurley, who were treated to a performance by world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli. The night featured a private tour of the upcoming Radical Eye Exhibition at Tate Modern, and a charitable auction which saw the sale of a stunning Bulgari white gold and diamond necklace.

The fundraiser celebrated the 12 months of work achieved by the foundation. In May 2015, Elton John addressed the US Senate on the need to end the threat of AIDS, following which US Congress pledged $244 million towards global AIDS programmes.

The guests heard words from David Furnish, beneficiaries of the foundation and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who echoed the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s aims in a video address.

- GQ

On 23 June, Bulgari commemorated its new partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s (EJAF) at a private black-tie dinner, hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish in their home art gallery, in Windsor. Prior to the dinner, Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin signed the partnership agreement with EJAF, as the brand will support the foundation’s philanthropic efforts and events over the next three years.

The exclusive list of 100 VIPs were treated to a private performance by Andrea Bocelli and Sir Elton John, followed by a suspenseful live auction of an iconic Bulgari Diva’s Dream high jewellery necklace, the 18-karat white gold and diamond necklace raising £225.000. The funds raised during the event will go to benefit the work of the EJAF in direct patient care services, as well as AIDS prevention and education.

- World Tempus

Last night, Elton John and David Furnish invited guests including Kevin Spacey, Elizabeth Hurley, David Walliams, and Valentino to their home for an intimate event. The third annual Woodside Gallery Dinner, a fund-raiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, included a video address from Secretary of State John Kerry, dinner, a surprise performance from Andrea Bocelli, a stage show from mentalist Lior Suchard, and an auction. The affair raised over £3.3 million.

“This is an event I really love," John said about the evening. "It’s a chance for us to welcome guests into our home to share an intimate evening where we really get to talk to everyone. To be able to thank people for their extraordinary generosity is a special treat. Not only do we do great work because of this dinner, but the fun of performing and the pleasure of hearing the fabulous performers in such a private setting is incredible. I just wish I could control English weather!"

- Vanity Fair

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