The New York Gala, now in its 18th year, will kick off Fashion Week with a black-tie gala dinner, a live auction, an honoree tribute, and a special performance. Chairs include Harry Belafonte, Steve Buscemi, Jim Clerkin, Andy Cohen, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Patrick Demarchelier, John Demsey, Morgan Freeman, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Richard Gere, Nayla Hayek, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Harvey Keitel, David and Lauren Bush Lauren, Terry Lundgren, Matthew McConaughey, Dame Helen Mirren, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Alex Soros, Kerry Washington, Michelle Williams, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole. Vice Chairs of the event include Jonathan Canno and Pierce Canno Roberts, James F. Cantelupe, Paul Chan and Don Toumey, David Ricanati, John and Stephanie Roberts, and Nancy and Alan Schwartz. President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton will serve as Honorary Chairs.
Harry Winston is the Presenting Sponsor. The event’s Signature Sponsors are M•A•C Viva Glam and Moët Hennessy. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the event’s Hotel Partner, and FIJI Water will serve as the Associate Sponsor.
The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.
Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Harry Winston is the Official Jewelry and Timepiece Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.
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amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $450 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
About Harry Winston, Inc.:
Founded in New York City in 1932, The House of Harry Winston continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watch making. From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, for over eight decades, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is. Headquartered in New York, the company operates retail salons worldwide, in locations including: New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
About Harry Winston’s Partnership with amfAR:
In January 2015, Harry Winston, Inc., announced a groundbreaking new partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, that represents the single largest corporate partnership in the Foundation’s history. Through a wide range of contributions including direct financial support and in-kind donations, Harry Winston will help advance amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Harry Winston is the first company to serve as the presenting sponsor for the organization’s 27 gala events taking place across the globe over the next three years. These events are vital to raising more than half of amfAR’s general operating support, enabling the organization to invest wisely in pioneering research and programs. The company is also a leading supporter of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020.