Rebecca Wang Supports the 23rd Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Rebecca Wang joined Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler and Sharon Osbourne to support the 23rd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party and the foundation’s mission of HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, Rebecca Wang, A-list celebrities and leading figures of the entertainment industry rallied in Hollywood, not only for the Academy Awards, but also to endorse the most high-profile event of the evening, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party. Now in its 23rd year, this annual celebration has the distinction of being the largest of its kind to take place on Oscar night.

According to the Foundation’s website, to date the Viewing Party has raised nearly $45 million towards the Foundation’s many HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiatives. Its U.S. and U.K. branches have together raised more than $300 million since 1992 to support programs in 55 countries.

The evening is made possible each year through generous support and funding at both individual and corporate levels.

This year’s party took place in West Hollywood Park, Los Angeles. Sir Elton John and David Furnish gave thanks to event chairs and other supporters who include Rebecca Wang, Sharon Stone, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Heidi Klum as well to Chopard, Neuro and Wells Fargo, sponsors for the evening, and to West Hollywood for hosting the party. 

An executive film producer and entrepreneur, Rebecca Wang is a long term supporter of the Foundation and its work and over the years has been a devoted patron of numerous Foundation events, both in the U.S. and U.K. 

 “Through its care, treatment and prevention initiatives across so many countries, the Foundation has moved mountains in the global fight against AIDS and the ignorance that surrounds it,” Wang said. “I am always proud to support the Viewing Party and its groundbreaking fundraising.”

The black-tie evening commenced at 4 p.m. when guests, including Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler and Sharon Osbourne gathered firstly for cocktails rimmed in edible gold and sourced by Patron Tequila, then proceded at 5 p.m. to a lavish dinner prepared by Gordon Ramsey, during which they were able to watch a live telecast of the 87th annual Academy Awards.

The famous live auction, known to raise millions of dollars in donations, followed. Auctioneer Alexander Gilkes, co-founder and president of Paddle8, oversaw the fierce and exuberant bidding for the unique and exclusive lots. Afterward, music icon Nile Rodgers and his band Chic performed live before guests danced the evening away to tunes spun by DJ Johnny Dynell.

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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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“Through its care, treatment and prevention initiatives across so many countries, the Foundation has moved mountains in the global fight against AIDS and the ignorance that surrounds it. I am always proud to support the Viewing Party and its groundbreaking fundraising.”
Rebecca Wang