amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Sharon Stone, Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese, Gilberto Gil, Fergie, And Pelé To Support amfAR At 3rd Inspiration Gala São Paulo

NEW YORK, NY, February 12, 2013—On April 5, 2013 amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will return to Brazil for its third annual Inspiration Gala in São Paulo. The gala, once again held at the home of Dinho Diniz, will feature tributes to two honorees: Iconic Brazilian athlete Pelé will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, and pop star Fergie will be presented with the amfAR Award of Inspiration.

amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, supermodel Kate Moss, and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese will travel to Brazil to help raise awareness and critical funds for AIDS research at the Inspiration Gala.  Ms. Stone and Ms. Moss will serve as Event Chairs alongside amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Honorary Chairs Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, and Lucilia Diniz.

The event will include cocktails, gala dinner, fashion presentations, and a host of special performances. One of Brazil’s most influential and legendary musicians, former Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, will perform a set of his beloved songs. Longtime friend of amfAR Dita Von Teese will bring her famed burlesque act to Sao Paulo.  Brazil’s own acclaimed samba musician Seu Jorge will also perform.

Each year, the Inspiration Galas revolve around a different design theme; this year, décor and guests’ attire will draw inspiration from a black tie/athletic-inspired theme. Sponsors for the Inspiration Gala include Luxury Sponsor Louis Vuitton, Presenting Sponsor Iguatemi São Paulo, Angra Partners, and Lilly Sarti. Hugo Boss is the event’s Fashion Presentation Sponsor, luxury beverages will be provided by Moët & Chandon and Belvedere, and Silvia Furmanovich is the Gala Dinner Sponsor. Vogue Brazil is the event’s Media Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

The Inspiration event series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate all aspects of men’s style.  Previous Inspiration events have taken place in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, raising more than $6 million in total for AIDS research. 

About amfAR 
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 the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. www.amfar.org 

About Josh Wood Productions
Josh Wood Productions has produced and promoted socially conscious events and concerts featuring artists such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Ricky Gervais, Norah Jones, Kylie Minogue, Lou Reed, Scissors Sisters, Michael Stipe, and the Pet Shop Boys. Their events have raised money and awareness for Downtown for Democracy, The Guggenheim Foundation, Empire State Pride Agenda, Friends of Hillary, Friends of the Highline, Hetrik Martin Institute, MoveOn, Obama for America, Oxfam, Rock the Vote, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Veterans for Peace.  Josh Wood Productions’ latest project, “The Inspiration Gala Series: A Celebration of Style,” is an international fashion gala fundraiser benefiting amfAR.  For more information please visit www.joshwoodproductions.com.

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Bennah SerfatySr. Director of Communications212-806-1607
Natalie MarquisMedia Relations Associate212-806-1694