Rebecca Wang chairs upcoming amfAR Inspiration Gala 2014 honoring longtime supporter Tom Ford

American fashion designer and film director Tom Ford will be honoured at the 2014 Los Angeles Inspiration Gala. amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, philanthropist Aileen Getty and MD of Creative Artists Agency Bryan Lourd will chair the 2014 Gala, alongside Hollywood executive producer Rebecca Wang to celebrate Ford’s indelible support of amfAR and the fight against AIDS.

The 2014 Inspiration Gala Los Angeles will take place at the Milk Studios, North Cahuenga Boulevard on the evening of Wednesday, October 29, to celebrate amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the organisation’s groundbreaking work.

International designer and film director Tom Ford is to be awarded an honour in recognition of his enduring support for amfAR and the battle against AIDS. Losing many friends to AIDS in the 1980s, Tom Ford has been a longtime supporter of initiatives against the illness. While at Gucci, in addition to overhauling the brand and turning its revenue from $200 million to $3 billion, he established Gucci's charitable work for people living with HIV and AIDS, which won him a Commitment to Life Award from AIDS Project Los Angeles.

AmfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, philanthropist Aileen Getty and MD of Creative Artists Agency Bryan Lourd will chair the 2014 Gala, alongside Hollywood executive producer Rebecca Wang who is thrilled to be lending her prominent support to such an important cause. They will be joined by the film producer and director J.J. Abrams, actress Katie McGrath and Tom Ford, all acting as Vice Chairs.  

Speaking about the event, Ms. Wang enthused, "It gives me a great pleasure to support amfAR's stunningly creative Inspiration Galas and their impressive fundraising and, by so doing, play a very small part towards the goal of a world without AIDS."

Gwyneth Paltrow will host the black tie event which starts at 6.30pm with a cocktail reception prior to the fashion show. Dinner will follow at 8pm accompanied by live entertainment, including a rare American performance by renowned Welsh singer Shirley Bassey, before the evening's cornerstone activity, the live auction.

Among those whose attendance has been confirmed are Sharon Stone, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Dita Von Teese, Paltrow’s ex-husband Chris Martin and fellow Coldplay member Jonny Buckland, and Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis.

Title Sponsors for the gala are cosmetics brand MAC VIVA GLAM and financial company Wells Fargo. The event will be produced by Josh Wood Productions.

Launched in 2010, amfAR Inspiration Series celebrates men's fashion and style, while simultaneously raising funds for their AIDS research programs. To date, Inspiration Galas have been held in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janiero, Toronto, and Miami.

Via the Inspiration series and other high-profile fundraising events, amfAR has, since its founding in 1985, invested over $338 million into its programs and awarded over 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

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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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