AmfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research, had its most successful fundraising event in the history of the organization Thursday night – raising an estimated $10 million during its eighteenth annual “Cinema Against AIDS Gala” just outside the Cannes Film Festival.
The celebrity guest list was naturally heavy, with famous faces like Janet Jackson, Patrick Dempsey, Brooke Shields, Gwen Stefani, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Jude Law, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, and many more in attendance.
The highest-selling auction lot of the night was a chance to play tennis with H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco. His fiancée, Charlene Wittstock – a former Olympic swimmer – added an impromptu private swimming lesson to the lot. The royal couple decided to offer two opportunities – and both quickly sold, raising over $1.4M. Question: After paying that much, should you let Prince Albert win or should he let you win?
According to Reuters, as well as the auction, actress Milla Jovovich sang “I Want to be Loved by You” and Courtney Love gave an impromptu performance of two numbers. The late Elizabeth Taylor was also honored for her unending support for AIDS research.
At the very beginning she spoke up when others wouldn’t, said things that others hadn’t, and she was very bold and brave in stating her conviction,” said amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole. “To a large degree we’re where we are because of her,” he added.