ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION OSCAR PARTY RAISES $7 MILLION
Posted On Feb 27, 2017
When it comes to making a difference in the fight against HIV and Aids, the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) has been its most devoted champion. “It’s our 25th anniversary, our Silver Anniversary, so it is pretty exciting,” said Sir Elton John on the red carpet. “We are grateful too,” added his longtime partner, David Furnish. “The fact that we are here twenty five years later – look at the support – the fact that people are still acknowledging that this disease matters and that we still have lots more work to do…last year we raised $6 million and I don’t want to jinx it tonight.” he added. The 25th Annual Elton John Aids Foundation Awards Viewing party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish in Los Angeles on Sunday night went on to raise $7 million to help end HIV/Aids. Many celebrities were in attendance including Sharon Stone. “They are such dear friends of mine,” said the actress. “We have been doing this for a long time and the work they are doing here by having such a beautiful and fun night is so profoundly important to create so much care for people with HIV/Aids.” The EJAF also introduced Open Road Film and Survival Pictures’ new film, The Promise, about the Armenian Genocide. “Tonight we celebrate the power of cinema and the stories that move our hearts and inspire us to action,” said Sir Elton John while introducing the film to his guests. “The film sets the love story in the midst of the ongoing unrest in 1914/1930 unrest leading up to the horrors of the Armenian genocide,” he announced from the podium. “The theme of the film urges us to learn from the atrocities of the past and work together to end crimes against humanity.” David Furnish added that they were both proud to partner with Open Road Film and Survival Pictures and urged everyone in the audience to “keep the promise by supporting this wonderful film and taking action for human rights and tolerance so we can end aids once and for all.” All proceeds from the film will be donated to numerous non-profit organizations including EJAF and other human rights and humanitarian groups. We urge you to keep that promise.