amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


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Milan, Italy, September 22, 2017 — Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn, Karolina Kurkova, Hailey Baldwin, Kat Graham, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole and many others joined the Italian fashion community in Milan last night to honor Angela Missoni and to help raise funds for amfAR’s innovative AIDS research programs. The ninth annual amfAR Milano gala was held at La Permanente in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week and was presented by Harry Winston. The gala raised $1.4 million for the Foundation. The black-tie dinner also featured special live performances by Andrea Bocelli and Lion Babe.

Karolina Kurkova opened the evening by thanking the event’s sponsors, and introduced Kenneth Cole, who spoke about amfAR’s efforts to find a cure for AIDS by 2020.

“Thanks to the generosity of everyone here and that of amfAR supporters around the world, we’ve been able to invest millions of dollars in research that has helped to transform AIDS from a death sentence to a treatable condition,” Cole said. “Tonight, we should take a moment to celebrate how much we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come, while not losing sight of the hard work that remains to realize a cure for the 37 million individuals globally who are still living with HIV.”

Carlo Capasa presented Missoni with the Award of Courage in recognition of her outstanding personal commitment to the fight against AIDS, her generous support of amfAR, and her broad philanthropic efforts. Capasa praised her more than 15 years of supporting the fight against AIDS through different initiatives around the world.
Missoni joined Capasa on stage to accept the honor and spoke of the necessity of all to do right in the world.

“Ever since amfAR told me I would be receiving the Courage Award, I’ve been thinking about courage and what it means to be brave. When 20 years ago I took over the creative direction of Missoni from my mother, Rosita, people said I was very brave. But now, who I think is really brave, are the 37 million people worldwide who are living with HIV. And today, I want to dedicate this award to them,” Missoni said in her acceptance remarks.

Additional guests included Ashley Benson, Samile Bermannelli, Tim Blanks, Derek Blasberg, Jamie Campbell Bower, Dean Caten, Dan Caten, Hailey Clauson, Chiara Ferragni, Federica Fontana, Georgia Fowler, Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Giorgio Gori, Izabel Goulart, Elsa Hosk, Jon Kortajarena, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos, Teresa Maccapani Missoni, Natalie Ludwig, Jesse Metcalfe, Rosita Missoni, Lottie Moss, Mia Moretti, Leila Nda, Cristiana Corradi, Jasmine Sanders, Cara Santana, Riccardo Scamarcio, Shanina Shaik, Elizabeth Sulcer, Stefano Tonchi, Juan Carlos Tubilla, Ellen von Unwerth, Caroline Vreeland, Anna Wintour and HSH Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

The evening’s live auction, led by event producer Andy Boose, featured an array of luxury items.

  • Cracking Art’s “Big Crocodile,” part of a public art installation of massive sculptural animals made of recyclable plastic installed in urban contexts, sold for 50,000€.
  • Inter legend Javier Zanetti kicked around a soccer ball on stage during Inter Football experience lot, which features two ground box seats and dinner with Zanetti himself. The experience sold for 30,000€.
  • An amfAR exclusive one-of-a-kind Moët & Chandon MCIII coffret that features 9 magnum bottles of MCIII, displayed in special lighting sold, for 20,000€.
  • A curated collection of photographer Slim Aarons’ photographs, showcasing his life-long love affair with Italy through breathtaking aerials of the Sicilian countryside, famous beaches and intimate celebrity portraits, sold for 50,000€.
  • Margherita Missoni presented a brand new, one-of-a-kind Fiat 500C, tailored in Missoni’s signature stripes by Garage Italia. The custom car, art directed by Angela Missoni, sold for 50,000€.
  • The ultimate supermodel group of Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn, Hailey Baldwin, Izabel Goulart, Shanina Shaik, Jasmine Sanders, Hailey Clauson, Lottie Moss and Caroline Vreeland took to the stage to auction a group photo that will be reposted from amfAR’s Instagram account on all of the models’ social media pages for their combined millions of followers to see. The photo opportunity sold for 30,000€.

The evening also featured two incredible performances. World-renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli performed his classic “Canto della Terra” and an arrangement of Elvis Presley’s hit, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with vocalist Ilaria Della Bidia. Lion Babe started a dance party throughout the room with “She’s a Lady,” “Don’t U Worry” and “Jump Hi.” The dancing continued at the after-party with music from DJ Johnny Dynell and DJ Dimitri From Paris.

Throughout the years, the Italian fashion community has been exemplary in its support of amfAR, with fashion houses and designers underwriting and leading many of the Foundation’s most successful fundraising efforts. Since amfAR’s first international benefit, held in 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival and hosted by amfAR Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the Foundation’s international galas in Milan, New York, Cannes, Venice, Rome, and beyond have become some of the most high-profile and eagerly anticipated charity events in the world and have helped raise millions for critical AIDS research programs.

Harry Winston is the Presenting Sponsor of the amfAR Gala Milano. Moët Hennessy provided beverages for the evening including a Belvedere amfAR Spritz and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon from their vending machine (photos: Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

The amfAR Gala Milano is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

Official Hashtag of the Event: #amfARMilano
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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 advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $480 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.