Rebecca Wang Attends The 19th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards

The 19th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place at the Pacific Design Centre, Los Angeles on Sunday 27th February 2011.

In 1992, Elton John promised to hold a Viewing Party every year in order to raise money towards his Foundation’s fight against AIDS, until such time as a cure had been found. Since then, the event, which features a live streaming of the Awards ceremony, has been a regular and much anticipated fixture of the Oscars fortnight and to date has raised $200 million.

The evening has developed a fierce and formidable reputation both for the star-studded elegance of its entertainment and equally the generosity of giving to the cause, with sunday's efforts raising just under $4 million. Benefactors for this year’s event included Hollywood executive producer Rebecca Wang who also attended, and US jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, along with cosmetics firm MAC Viva Glam, Walt Disney Entertainment and Cesar’s Palace.

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish hosted a stellar line up of guests, including renowned actor Sir Ben Kingsley, Victoria Beckham, Oscar winner Jamie Fox, Australian film director, producer and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann, musician Rufus Wainwright and Jane Fonda.

A five course gala dinner was followed by a telecast of the 83rd Academy Awards and the renowned auction. This year's prizes included a 5 night stay in Elton John’s and David Furnish’s Venice residence which sold for £150,000, a Taylor Swift concert package, including a meet and greet with the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter which fetched $50,000, and an in-home cooking class from chef Ludo Lefevbre, owner of the popular touring restaurant LudoBites which sold for $20,000.

Following the auction Florence and the Machine took to the stage to perform several songs; she was joined by Sir Elton for a joint version of “Tiny Dancer” and “You Got the Love”

Co-sponsors for the evening were international jeweler and watch maker Chopard while American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Foundation.

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Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Wang spent her early years in Asia, and has since lived in the US and Europe. Having graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has practiced at various leading institutions such as the University of Californian as well as several elementary schools, specializing in family, children, and couples counseling. It was the realization of the healing role of the arts in therapy, which was the catalyst for her to pursue her own creative dreams through filmmaking. Inspired to expand the reach of her work, in 2011 she made her production debut as executive producer with the Hollywood feature film Passion Play, which was selected for the prestigious 37th International Toronto Film Festival. Passion Play starred BAFTA winner Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, both of whom had been previously nominated for Academy Awards. Wang is based in London where her appreciation of all arts is channeled into a wide range of leading organisations and arts venues in the capital. She is member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Recognising the power of music’s properties for healing has led her to be a patron to the Royal College of Music. She also has a broad interest in design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, she is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, supporting two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which was established by the musician in 1992, is one of the largest privately-funded institutions in the world working to overcome AIDS. Since its beginning the Foundation has prioritized the pivotal areas of treatment, prevention and education, and raised over $300 million to support more than 1,200 projects world-wide. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to the EJAF’s Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, the most high-profile and largest fundraising event held in Hollywood on Oscar night. In 2014 and 2015 she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, plays a leading global role in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. It attracts and fosters support and ongoing patronage from many leading public figures in the fields of film, fashion and music, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The non-profit organization can also count on endorsement from those whose actions carry global influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Wang acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for both the Los Angeles and New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have received awards at these events to honor their long term work and committed stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and film director and designer Tom Ford. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Wang also has genuine concern for animals, particularly for dogs who have been maltreated, and supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The RSPCA is the oldest organization for animal welfare in the world and since its foundation in 1824 has played an active role in both the creation of animal welfare legislation and in its enforcement. Rebecca continues to focus on ventures reflecting creativity across all art forms and initiatives which further her desire for a greater understanding of humanitarian issues. www.rebeccawangentertainment.com

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