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.