The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Hosts The Elizabeth Taylor Ball

To End AIDS: Virtual On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2020

Event Supported by Presenting Sponsor Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Diamond Sponsor BVLGARI

Yesterday, on World AIDS Day, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) hosted The Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS: VIRTUAL broadcast. The elegant evening, hosted by ETAF ambassador Kathy Ireland, was generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Gilead Sciences Inc., and Diamond Sponsor BVLGARI.

ETAF ambassador Kathy Ireland

The one-hour broadcast reflected Elizabeth Taylor’s vision of an AIDS-free world, with moving messages about the nearly 40-year fight against AIDS, from President Bill Clinton, Ambassador Deborah BirxColin Farrell, Sir Elton John and David FurnishAileen Getty, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny HostinJudith Light, and a moving performance by music icon Vanessa Williams.

The live auction was conducted by Lydia Fenet in partnership with Christie’s, powered by Charitybuzz, and included a walk-on role in the upcoming Elizabeth Taylor biopic, and a luxury travel package by BVLGARI.

Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson presented the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award to Gilead Sciences, Inc. for their global leadership in HIV treatment and prevention. Through their innovation and medical advances, countless lives are being saved, and many more people have avoided contracting HIV. The award was accepted by the Chairman and CEO of Gilead Sciences, Inc., Daniel O’Day

Prior to the event, a VIP Pre-Show was hosted by esteemed fashion designer and cookbook author, Zac Posen, sponsored by Dr. Gabriel Chiu of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. The pre-show was produced by Rolling Live Studios.

The Host Committee included Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Christine Chiu, President Bill ClintonColin FarrellAileen Getty, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Rita WilsonKathy Ireland, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Barbra Streisand.

The event was also sponsored by American Airlines, ETAF’s official airline.

Working tirelessly on the AIDS crisis throughout the 1980s, Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to carry out her vision for an AIDS-free world. ETAF works to provide the direct care needed for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Emphasizing Elizabeth’s voice, commitment and concentration on marginalized communities, ETAF’s advocacy agenda now includes work to modernize the criminal laws and penalties that affect people living with HIV. ETAF’s work has also expanded to ensure that HIV prevention education and access to treatment is available through domestic and international initiatives. www.etaf.org

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