Rebecca Wang Entertainment supports Sir Elton John's AIDS Foundation as a Benefactor

Sir Elton John's latest AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Raises $5.25m

The 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party took place at West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles on Sunday 26th February 2012.

The event has been run over the past two decades since 1992 when Elton John promised to hold an Oscar Viewing Party every year to raise money for his cause, until a cure is found for the disease. The Elton John AIDS Foundation, has to date, gathered and funded over $200 million towards this end.

The evening has built up a long standing reputation for being an occasion that brims with elegance and generosity in equal measures, and Sunday's gathering lived up to this by the $5.25 million raised. Among this year's benefactors were Caesar's Palace, M.A.C, Viva Glam, Rebecca Wang Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios and Lorraine Schwartz. Rebecca Wang was delighted to support the event as a benefactor for the second year in succession.

Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish hosted a stellar line up of guests, including Jean Dujardin, Whoopi Goldberg, Smokey Robinson, Steven Tyler, Quincy Jones, and Billie Jean King.

A five course gala dinner was followed by a telecast of the 84th Academy Awards and the renowned auction. This year's prizes included a tennis lesson with Grand Slam Master Rafael Nadal which sold twice, with bidding reaching $190,000 on both occasions. Steve Tisch, owner of NFL Champion New York Giants paid $100,000 for an in home cooking class for up to ten people with the Chef Cat Cora and a bid for $230,000 won the opportunity to join Elton John and David Furnish at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

Co-sponsors for the evening were international jeweller and watchmaker Chopard, drinks company Neuro, and financial services company Wells Fargo, while American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Foundation.

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ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION - Much has been achieved in the understanding and treatment of the HIV/AIDS virus since it was first identified 30 years ago in American patients, but there remains more work and many challenges still to confront. Elton John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation as a non-profit organisation in the United States in 1992 and then as a charity in the UK the following year. It carries out programmes across 55 countries worldwide and is one of the world's leading HIV/AIDS non-profit organisations.

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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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