Rebecca Wang Will Be among Those Chairing amfAR's 2014 Inspiration Gala in New York City on June 10th


The black tie event will honor Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, the Calvin Klein Collection, and HBO for their proactive contributions to the fight against AIDS, following hot on the heels of last month's Cinema Against AIDS party which raised a record-breaking $35 million.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, the Calvin Klein Collection and cable satellite network HBO will be honored for their contributions to the fight against AIDS at amfAR's 2014 New York Inspiration Gala on June 10th.

amfAR's Inspiration Gala Series events are held in various leading international cities, and their creative arts emphasis is evident through the artistic content and production process in which the evenings are created.

Celebrating men's fashion and style, the Gala equally focuses on acknowledging and honoring individuals who have made an especial contribution in the fight against AIDS. Previous recipients include philanthropist Aileen Getty, designer Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn and entertainer Jennifer Lopez.

This month will see the 2014 New York Inspiration Gala unroll on June 10th at the iconic Plaza Hotel in the city.

Among the Chairs for this Gala are designers Thom Browne and Thakoon Panchgui; actors Robert de Niro, Alan Cumming and Jennifer Lopez; Hollywood executive producer Rebecca Wang and amfAR trustee R Martin Chavez and his husband Adam Norbury.

Awards will be presented to Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway for her proactive engagement with AIDS projects across the world, the Calvin Klein Collection for their long history of support for AIDS organizations, and cable satellite network HBO who have always been prepared to pioneer broadcasting around AIDS, most significantly with the transmission in the late eighties of the film "And the Band Played On".

The black tie event will start with a cocktail reception and will be followed by a fashion show in the Palm Court, featuring designs from leading men's top end designers. Afterwards, dinner guests will enjoy a live performance from British rock band New Order, before the renowned live auction is held.

Josh Duhamel will host the evening and long-term amfAR supporter Sarah Jessica Parker will act as presenter. Title Sponsor for the evening is MAC Cosmetics, while Kevin Klein and HBO are Gold and Silver Sponsors, respectively. Hotel Sponsor is The Plaza, and the evening will be produced by Josh Wood Productions.

amfAR's most recent Gala evening was their Cinema Against AIDS party, which is held annually during the Cannes International Film Festival and holds the reputation as the most popular soiree held during the festival fortnight. It combines a unique and one-off fashion show, live performances and a live auction which features both lots and bids of jaw-dropping proportions.

Last month's Gala ran an exclusive Red Collection fashion show, comprising creations in red from leading fashion houses, which was auctioned as a lot for $5 million. Also up for offer in the live auction were an exclusively designed Bulgari Serpenti necklace and a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton by Damian Hirst. The latter fetched $15 million, contributing to a total sum of $35 million raised during the evening, a record high in amfAR's fundraising history. Among those attending were Carla Bruni Sarkowzy, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jessica Chastain and Jane Campion.

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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. Rebecca 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 previously nominated for Academy Awards. Rebecca is based in London where she has a keen involvement across a wide-ranging field of interests and passions. She is dedicated to all art forms and endorses leading arts venues and organizations in the capital as a member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Her love of music has led her to support the Royal College of Music, and she has an equal appreciation for the worlds of design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, Rebecca is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, helping two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is renowned for the efforts of its founder Sir Elton John to eradicate the damage and stigma caused by the illness. Rebecca was 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. She resumed support for the event in 2014, this time as patron, a role she also took in October 2013 for their Enduring Vision benefit in New York. The event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and this year honored former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, is a leading organization in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. amFAR attracts and fosters endorsement 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, and it can also rely on support from those whose actions carry global weight and influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Rebecca acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for the Los Angles Inspiration Gala in December 2013, and the New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have receiving awards at these events to honor their long term work, commitment and humanitarian stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and luxury brand Hugo Boss. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Rebecca has particularly developed a natural affinity with dogs since her childhood, and this has been a catalyst for her to support the RSPCA, the UK’s leading animal charity. 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 which reflect expression and flair across all artistic mediums and which further her understanding for humanitarian issues.

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