Elton John AIDS Foundation Party Raises Nearly $4 Million
February 23, 2009 at 5:19 AM (PT)
SIR ELTON JOHN and DAVID FURNISH hosted the 17th Annual ELTON JOHN AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party. The event was one of the night's best attended parties and raised nearly $4 million.
The annual gala continues to be the leading fundraising event in HOLLYWOOD on OSCAR night. This year's gala brought some exciting moments including a live performance by SIR ELTON JOHN and special guest RAPHAEL SAADIQ, as well as a emotional first-hand account by KERREL MCKAY, who spoke about her experiences as an HIV/AIDS activist in her home country of JAMAICA.
This year's guests included the event's esteemed co-chairs VICTORIA BECKHAM and JOHN WALTERS in addition to HOLLYWOOD luminaries such as SIR BEN KINGSLEY, CLAIRE DANES and HUGH DANCY, GERARD BUTLER, BEN STILLER and CHRISTINE TAYLOR, QUINCY JONES, KEIFER SUTHERLAND, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, SHARON STONE, EVA LONGORIA PARKER, KATE BECKINSALE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, CHACE CRAWFORD, OLIVIA WILDE, ROSANNA ARQUETTE, JOSH GROBAN, ELLE MACPHERSON, GORDON RAMSEY, ERIC MCCORMACK, TIM ALLEN, RASHIDA JONES, MOLLY SIMS, RUSSELL SIMMONS, DITA VON TEESE, ZAC POSEN, NATASHA HENSTRIDGE, TERRELL OWENS, CHRIS O'DONNELL, PAZ VEGA, CHRIS NOTH, TAYE DIGGS and RICKI LAKE.