Over $19 Million Raised at amfAR Gala Cannes
Robert DeNiro was Honored Guest
Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and Charli XCX Performed
Over $19 million was raised for amfAR’s HIV/AIDS research programs last night, at amfAR Gala Cannes, at the fabled Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Legendary actor, director and producer, Robert de Niro, was the guest of honor at the event. The black-tie evening included a dinner, a live auction of luxury one-of-a kind items and contemporary art, a fashion show, and spectacular performances by Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and Charli XCX. The guests were also treated to a surprise performance by Matteo Bocelli, who helped raise over 2 million euros in the auction with the sale of two private dinners and performances with his father, Andrea, at their family home.
Guests who came out to support amfAR included Robert DeNiro, who helped raise 700,00 euros in the auction with a donation of his father’s artwork and a private lunch with the winning bidder, Tom Hanks, Casey Affleck, Eva Longoria, Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Hudgens, Michelle Rodriguez, Baz Luhrmann, Cynthia Erivo, Lakeith Stanfield, Tommy Hilfiger, Edgar Ramirez, Alex Pettyfer, Alton Mason, Bianca Brandolini, Boris Kodjoe, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevingne,, Charlotte McKinney, Claire Foy, Ciara, Cindy Bruna, Charli D’Amelio, Charlbi Dean, Coco Rocha, Dee Hilfiger, Dylan Brosnan, Diplo, Elsa Hosk, Georgia Fowler, Heart Evangelista, Indya Moore, Isabeli Fontana, Jessica Wang, Jourdan Dunn, Julian Lennon, Kat Graham, Kevin Dillon, Kristina Romanova, Lena Situations, Leonie Hanne, Liza Koshy, Lorena Rae, Luna Bijl, Marianne Fonseca, Matteo Bocelli, Milutin Gatsby, Naomi Campbell, Natasha Bassett, Nicole Parker, Nina Dobrev, Olivia Culpo, Paul Anderson, Pom Klementieff, Sabrina Carpenter, Sabrina Elba, Shalom Harlow, Shaun White, Stella Maxwell, Winnie Harlow, and Zoey Deutch.
Ricky Martin, photo by Getty Images
The night opened with an energetic performance by Grammy-winning Latin pop icon, Ricky Martin, who got the crowd dancing early, with two of his hit songs “María (Un, Dos, Tres)”, and “Livin' La Vida Loca.” His performance was followed by, amfAR Board Co-Chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy taking the stage to welcome and thank the approximately 800 guests in attendance for their support. amfAR Cannes event Chairs Cynthia Erivo and Lakeith Stanfield continued to set a tone of generosity for the evening with remarks about the importance of supporting amfAR’s work as they introduced the auction.
Robert De Niro, photo by Getty Images
Guests took their words to heart and bid generously and enthusiastically throughout the night in a highly successful auction, led by the remarkable Simon de Pury and supported by amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby.
Cristina Aguilera, photo by Getty Images
A stunning feature of the evening was the Let’s Get Married! Collection fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The collection featured one-of-a-kind looks from the world's most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Gucci, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Fendi, Tom Ford, Jacquemus, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Armani, Alaïa, Versace, Monot, Nensi Dojaka, Dior and more. The models in the fashion show included: Jodeci, Xu Meen, Jordan Barrett, Joshua Seth, Paul Hameline, Braien Vaiksaar, Sara Sampaio, Blesnya Minher, Faretta, Madison Headrick, Valery Kaufman, Noemie Lenoire, Shayna McNeill, Ines Rau, Candice Huffine, Ashley Graham, Cindy Bruna, Mao Xiaoxing, Evelina Lauren, Claire Delozier, Hiandra Martinez, Luna Bijl, Ajok Madel, Denise Ascuet, Daphne Groeneveld, Isabeli Fontana, Stella Duval, Issa Lish, Akon Changkou, Bente Oort, Lineisy Montero, Shanina Shaik and more. Event Chairs Milla Jovovich and Eva Longoria presented the collection which was auctioned off in its entirety for 800,000 euros.
Tom Hanks and Baz Luhrmann, photo by Getty Images
In between auction lots, Charli XCX kept the energy in the room high with a performance of three of her recent hits. And, the night culminated with an outstanding set by multi-Grammy Award winning artist, Christina Aguilera, who blew away the enthused crowd.
Naomi Cambell, photo by Getty Images
Event Chairs of this 28th edition of amfAR Gala Cannes included Baz Luhrmann, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Cynthia Erivo, Eva Longoria, Ever Anderson, Julian Lennon, Kate Hudson, LaKeith Stanfield, Laura Linney, Lauren Remington Platt, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Williams, Michelle Yeoh, Milla Jovovich, Mohammed Al-Turki, Rita Wilson, Sam Bankman-Fried, Tom Hanks, Vanessa Hudgens, amfAR Board Co-Chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy, amfAR Trustee Vin Roberti and amfAR Global Fundraising Chair Milutin Gatsby.
Maye Musk, photo by Getty Images
Presenting Sponsors were FTX and Red Sea International Film Festival. FTX was the official cryptocurrency partner for amfAR Gala Cannes. Signature sponsors included Chopard, which donated a unique pair of diamond earrings from the red-carpet collection to the live auction, and Jelenew, which worked with fashion designer Stéphane Rolland to create a custom dress that was included in the fashion show.
The official beauty partner of the fashion show was Charlotte Tilbury, which provided skincare and make-up products and professional make-up artists for the fashion show. Revolve, in association with The h.wood Group, was amfAR’s after party host.
Mila Jovovich, photo by Getty Images
Eva Longoria, photo by Getty Images
Cara Delevingne, photo by Getty Images
Vanessa Hudgens, photo by Getty Images
Charli Damelio, photo by Getty Images
Winnie Harlow, photo by Getty Images
Leonie Hanne, photo by Clint Spaulding
Alexis Ren, photo by Getty Images
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide. amfAR Gala Cannes has raised a cumulative total of more than $264 million for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research. This extraordinary success has enabled the Foundation to make critical research investments that have brought us within reach of a cure for HIV. The amfAR Gala Cannes was produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.