Inside The Elton John Aids Foundation Annual Fall Gala In New York With Bvlgari

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Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Bvlgari (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)

Bvlgari signed on to support the foundation’s philanthropic efforts and events back in 2016

Earlier this week, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) raised $3.9 million at its 2018 annual New York Fall Gala to support HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, supporting services, and advocacy programs across the globe.

The star-studded evening was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and attendees bejewelled in Bvlgari included Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Gala Gonzalez, Caroline Daur, David Alexander Flinn, Gabriel Day-Lewis, John Steiner, Olivia Perez, Samantha Angelo, Natalie Suarez, Dylana Suarez and Yvonne Sciò.

Caroline Daur for Bvlgari (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Gala Gonzalez for Bvlgari (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

As part of the evening’s program, which was hosted by CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King, EJAF recognised the exceptional contributions of three individuals (Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, Patricia Hearst who was honoured for her long-term support of EJAF’s lifesaving mission, and Joe McMillan, chairman and CEO of DDG), presenting each of them with the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award, which was donated and designed by Bvlgari in collaboration with London-based designer duo Campbell-Rey.

A view of the Bvlgari awards on display during the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)

During the evening, guest auctioneer Alexander Berggruen of Christie’s conducted a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items such as the Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori necklace, Chris Levine’s lightbox artwork of Her Majesty the Queen entitled “Equanimity,” photographs of Billie Jean King from the recent and now iconic Adidas ads along with seats at her US Open suite, and a David LaChapelle photograph of Elton John called Honky Cat from the artwork for the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The evening closed with a special concert performance by multi-Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow.

Sheryl Crow performs onstage during the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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  • Words by Gracie Stewart