New York, NW. The Samsung Charity Gala, was held on November 2nd at the Skylight Clarkson Square in New York. Entering its 16th year, Samsung’s philanthropic platform – Samsung Gives – remains committed to helping young people discover a world of possibilities. To date, Samsung philanthropic efforts have contributed more than $60 million, helping more than 1,200 schools, hospitals, and foundations throughout the U.S. Tim Baxter, Victor Cruz, Mark Messier, Rob Thomas, Marisol Thomas, Hunter Hayes, Jon Bon Jovi, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Camila Alves, and Joseph Stinziano were on hand for the event. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Samsung)
This annual event brings together people from across the worlds of entertainment and business to help raise awareness for a variety of important social and charitable programs, with the primary goal of raising funds to help people build brighter futures. This year’s gala included performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Flo Rida, DJ Livia and Hunter Hayes.
“At Samsung, every day we are inspired by the people who are helping to build a better world, but especially this year, those who are out there lending a hand to those who need to rebuild their communities and their lives,” said Tim Baxter, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics North America. “This year, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the Samsung Charity Gala by connecting people, organizations and resources to some truly remarkable charities and the people who need our help.”
This year, longtime Samsung partner, rock icon, and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi has chosen the Samsung Charity Gala to help bring attention to the work of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds charitable initiatives with an aim to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the U.S. Every year, all of the proceeds from the Samsung Charity Gala go directly to Samsung’s charity partners.
“I am excited and honored to be a part of this beautiful event with our friends at Samsung,” said Hunter Hayes. “This year Samsung helped me give a complete renovation to a school in Nashville that encourages art and empowers individuality, giving young people the tools to realize their dreams.”
A committed corporate citizen, Samsung’s contributions to American communities come to life through its ‘Samsung Gives‘ philanthropic programming. From the education-based Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, to Veteran Support and partner programming with Covenant House and Junior Achievement, Samsung is making a definitive impact in the American communities it calls home.
“I want to thank Samsung for their continued support of Big Dreams For Kids and allowing me such great opportunities over the years for us to partner and continue to inspire future leaders,” said Flo Rida. “I look forward to the gala and further partnerships with Samsung.”
To learn more about Samsung’s Annual Charity Gala and the charities supported, please visit SamsungCharityGala2017.com.
Halloween Edition of Fabulous Fund Fair in New York Raises Money for Naked Heart Foundation and amfAR
New York, NY. The Naked Heart Foundation, which helps children with special needs, and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, joined forces for the first time to hold a Halloween edition of the Fabulous Fund Fair in New York City. The event, held at Skylight Clarkson North, was art-directed by Jeff Koons.
Distinctly different from a traditional sit-down dinner, this lively fundraiser is in the style of a classic funfair with stalls, games, and attractions to entertain and challenge guests. The stalls are voluntarily manned by many well-known and popular figures from the worlds of fashion, film, sports, and entertainment, and the prizes are kindly donated by an array of luxury brands, including Fund Fair continuous supporters Louis Vuitton, Dior, Guerlain, Messika, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Veuve Clicquot, and NET-A-PORTER, joined this year by Chopard, Moncler, Buccellati, Balmain, Artramus, American Dream, NIRAV MODI, Enlightened, Sergio Rossi, and Kia Motors America, Official Vehicle Partner, among others. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner.
Guests at the fair could try their luck at everything from Hook-a-Duck to Hoopla, with all proceeds from the sales of tickets and game tokens going to the Naked Heart Foundation and amfAR, both known for their outstanding charity work. Other attractions this year included:
• Louis Vuitton Bumper Cars
• Net-a-Bowling by NET-A-PORTER
• Dior Shooting Stars
• Messika’s Marble Madness
• Kia Gif Booth
• Catch A Cat from Givenchy
• Stella’s Graveyard Rummage with Stella McCartney
• Diamond Drop by Chopard
• Piñata Challenge by Sergio Rossi
• Guerlain Metéorites Storm
• Pin The Tail with Balmain
• Dream Team from American Dream
• Moncler’s Frightening Freezing Game
• NIRAV MODI Jewel in a box
• Buccellati Skull Shy
• Veuve Clicquot Hook-A-Spider
• Artramus Glamorous Mask Photoshoot
• Enlightened ice cream
Entertainment included special perfomances by rap superstar Nas, and Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Charli XCX. The night also featured the immersive spectacle, co-directed by Marina Glukhova, Laboratory ABC, in creative consulting with Sleep No More, award-winning theatrical experience, and produced by Irina Paradnaya, IJ Group International.
Celebrity supporters from the worlds of fashion, film, art, and music attending this year include: Jeff Koons, Mario Testino, Doutzen Kroes, Maria Borges, Izabel Goulart, Negin Mirsalehi, Jessica Hart, Cameron Dallas, Mariacarla Boscono, Alexina Graham, Luma Grothe, Constance Jablonski, Dree Hemingway, Imaan Hammam, Lindsay Ellingson, Dilone, Shanina Shayk, Alexandra Richards, Sofia Resing, Andrew Rannells, Johannes Huebl, Julia Roitfeld, Helena Bordon, Hannah Bronfman, Valery Kaufman, Anja Rubik and many more.
Los Angeles, CA, October 14th, 2017. Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts was honored at the AmfAR gala recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. She posed for a photo with entertainer, Fergie. The multi-platinum artist was one of dozens hundreds of supporters who attended the event.
Tom Hanks, James Corden, Diane Sawyer, Heidi Klum, Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Sean Penn, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, Dita Von Teese, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at Ron Burkle’s historic Green Acres Estate last night for the eighth annual amfAR Gala Los Angeles. The event paid tribute to Academy Award-winning actress, Julia Roberts, in recognition of her profound commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes. The gala, presented by Harry Winston, M•A•C Viva Glam, and AMTD Group, raised over $2 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.
Cheyenne Jackson, Natasha Bedingfield, Victoria Justice, Busy Philipps, Julianne Nicholson, Ryan Murphy, Cara Santana and Jesse Metcalfe, Maria Cuomo Cole, Selita Ebanks, Bethenny Frankel, Ashley Greene, Connie Britton,Colton Haynes, Jeff Leatham, Patricia Bonaldi, Stistine Stallone, Daniel Levy, Viktor Luna, Mia Maestro, Angela Missoni, Ongina, and others were also in attendance.
The evening opened with an introduction by host James Corden, who announced a surprise performance by Chris Martin. Martin opened with an acoustic rendition of “Pretty Woman,” and later welcomed James Corden back on stage for a captivating duet of “Nothing Compares 2U.”
Following the performance, longtime amfAR supporter, Cheyenne Jackson, thanked the evening’s sponsors and introduced amfAR Chairman of the Board, Kenneth Cole. Cole mentioned the devastation caused by recent tragedies around the world, including hurricanes, mass shootings, and destructive fires, and remarked how “tonight, we can at least feel encouraged by knowing we are working together to address a crisis that we are doing something about.” He reinforced the importance of putting an end to the global AIDS epidemic, and acknowledged the donors in the room who were doing their part in helping to make the epidemic history.
The evening’s fundraising efforts began with actress Busy Philipps participating in a Givergy pledge drive that helped generate over $130,000 in donations. The event also featured an exciting live auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes. A highlight of the auction occurred when a lunch with Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, and Ryan Murphy generated such enthusiastic and competitive bidding that Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, and James Corden all volunteered to join to help increase funds raised. They were successful and the lunch was sold twice for a total of $210,000. Other highlights of the auction included:
- Four VIP tickets to The Late Late Show with James Corden with a backstage tour and an opportunity to participate in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke sold for $65,000.
- Two tickets to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2018 runway show in Paris, complete with a private haute couture fitting, and round-trip airfare on Delta One™ sold for $40,000.
- Juxtapose, a work of street pop art by Mr. Brainwash, created intense bidding competition and sold for $82,000.
- An Australian wine excursion with Cape Mentelle, including luxury accommodations and an unlimited choice of unique experiences, sold for $20,000.
- Cracking Art’s Giant Rabbit sculpture was presented by longtime amfAR supporter Heidi Klum, and sold for $30,000.
- A three-night stay for six guests at Jackson Hole’s exclusive Amangani resort with round-trip travel on a private jet sold for $45,000.
- A limited edition Slim Aarons print featuring Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc sold for $40,000.
- A luxurious eight-night journey through East Africa, organized by the renowned travel agency Black Tomato, sold for $40,000.
The night culminated with a heartfelt and entertaining tribute to Julia Roberts by Tom Hanks and a show-stopping performance by Fergie.
In her acceptance speech, Julia Roberts remarked that the fight against HIV/AIDS is at a “tipping point,” as deaths related to the disease have halved in the past ten years due to life-saving treatments. She said that facts like these give her courage and, “if we don’t take our foot off the gas – by 2020 we could ensure that no children will be born with HIV anymore, becoming the first HIV-free generation!” Ms. Roberts concluded with a call to action, to “give and give and give to assist this valiant mission to find a cure for AIDS and bring peace to the lives of those who suffer.”
The night ended with a lively performance by eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum artist Fergie, who had everyone out of their seats and dancing. Fergie performed “You Already Know” from her new album Double Dutchess, as well as established hits such as “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” As she sang the last song of the evening, “I Gotta Feeling,” she invited guests to the stage and pledged a donation to amfAR in their honor. Julia Roberts, Dita Von Teese, Connie Britton, Julianne Nicholson, Bethenny Frankel, Selita Ebanks, Ongina, and others joined Fergie on stage for a final bow.
Kenneth Cole, Ron Burkle, and Jason Weinberg served as the Event Chairs. Kevin Huvane, Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, and Ida Ziniti were Honorary Chairs. Co-Chairs of the event included Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Matt Bomer and Simon Halls, Patricia Bonaldi, Stephen Chbosky, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, John Demsey, Tom Ford, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Jean Paul Gaultier, James Goldstein, Nayla Hayek, Stephen Huvane, Michael Kors, Matthew Modine, Ryan Murphy and David Miller, Gary Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Patrick, Sean Patterson, Sean Penn, Zac Posen, Alan Poul and Ari Karpel, Billy and Stacy Ray, Vincent Roberti, Rich Ross and Adam Sanderson, Jeremy Scott, Gary Tigges, M.D., Diana Walden, Steve Warren, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Rodney Williams, and Rita Wilson.
The event was presented by Harry Winston, M•A•C Viva Glam, and AMTD Group. Cadillac, Moët Hennessy, and PatBO were the event’s Signature Sponsors. Moët Hennessy provided champagne, wine, and spirits for the evening including a Belvedere amfAR Martini, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, and Cape Mentelle wines. FIJI Water was the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.
To date, the amfAR Gala Los Angeles has raised more than $13 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.
The amfAR Gala Los Angeles is produced by Josh Wood Productions.
Official Hashtag of the Event: #amfARLosAngeles
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 more than $480 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
About Harry Winston, Inc.:
Founded in New York City in 1932, The House of Harry Winston continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watch making. From the acquisition of some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope and Winston Legacy Diamonds, to adorning Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, for over eight decades, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is. Headquartered in New York, the company operates retail salons worldwide, in locations including: New York, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
About Harry Winston’s Partnership with amfAR:
In January 2015, Harry Winston, Inc., announced a groundbreaking new partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, that represents the single largest corporate partnership in the Foundation’s history. Through a wide range of contributions including direct financial support and in-kind donations, Harry Winston will help advance amfAR’s efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Harry Winston is the first company to serve as the presenting sponsor for the organization’s 27 gala events taking place across the globe over the next three years. These events are vital to raising more than half of amfAR’s general operating support, enabling the organization to invest wisely in pioneering research and programs. The company is also a leading supporter of amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure initiative, which is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure for HIV/AIDS by 2020.
About M·A·C Cosmetics:
M·A·C (Make-up Art Cosmetics), a leading brand of professional cosmetics, was created in Toronto, Canada in 1984 and is part of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. The company’s popularity has grown through a tradition of word-of-mouth endorsement from makeup artists, models, photographers and journalists around the world. M·A·C is now sold in 120 countries/territories worldwide. Follow M·A·C on Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest @MACcosmetics, become a M·A·C fan on Facebook (facebook.com/maccosmetics), follow M·A·C on Instagram (instagram.com/maccosmetics), watch M·A·C videos on YouTube (youtube.com/maccosmetics). For a M·A·C location visit maccosmetics.com.
25th Anniversary of the Estee Lauder Companies UK’s Breast Cancer Campaign at the US Ambassadors Residence
PRESS RELEASE, LONDON – On Monday October 9 2017, Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St. James’s lit up pink to honor the 25th Anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies UK’s Breast Cancer Campaign (formerly known as The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign) and the co-creation of the iconic pink ribbon by its visionary founder, the late Evelyn H. Lauder. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Estee Lauder Companies)
Robert Wood Johnson, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom and his wife, Suzanne, hosted a reception at Winfield to mark the occasion, along with Evelyn’s son, William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador for The Breast Cancer Campaign.
This comes on the same day that the 2017 Future Dreams Humanitarian Award was presented to William P. Lauder, in recognition of his mother’s pioneering work in breast cancer awareness and research.
William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., continues to honour the legacy of his late mother and proudly champions The Campaign’s work worldwide stating: “Supporting the development of critical research, driving awareness, and helping to eliminate the cultural barriers that can prevent the identification and treatment of breast cancer have been our core Company focus since my mother Evelyn H. Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Campaign 25 years ago. I am continuously humbled and energized by the passion and care exhibited by our employees and the tireless dedication of our partners—whose work is getting us closer to a global cure each and every day. As a Company, our commitment has not and will not waver.”
Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador for The Breast Cancer Campaign said: “Throughout my travels as Global Ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, I’ve seen the hope that advancing breast cancer research is bringing. I’ve seen first-hand the strength of those fighting breast cancer and the strength of friends and family who are supporting them in their fight, and I truly believe that together we can help turn the corner and bring breast cancer to an end.”
Robert Wood Johnson, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom said: “The only way to tackle this disease is to get active and step forward. Together we can make something major happen. This organisation is one that is making something happen and tonight we honour 25 years of dedicated commitment to ending this disease.”
Philippe Warnery, Senior Vice-President/ General Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland comments: “In 1992, there was no Pink Ribbon and very little awareness around breast cancer. Evelyn H. Lauder started a global movement and 25 years on it’s a remarkably different picture with advanced identification, treatments and survival rates. Along with our colleagues and partners around the globe, The Estee Lauder Companies UK & Ireland will continue its unwavering commitment so that together we can achieve our mission to create a breast cancer-free world.”
About the The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign 25th Anniversary:
25 years ago there was no pink ribbon. Women around the world were dying from breast cancer and there was very little discussion about it. Mrs. Lauder saw an urgent need to bring breast cancer to the forefront and put a spotlight on this world health issue. In 1992, she became a pioneer for the breast cancer movement, co-creating the pink ribbon and launching The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign (The Campaign). A year later, she founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), a non-profit organization, to generate funding solely dedicated to breast cancer research. Today, the pink ribbon is the ubiquitous symbol of breast health and The Campaign is a global leading voice for breast cancer, igniting a worldwide movement that has funded innovative research and awareness, and inspired meaningful action.
To mark the 25th Anniversary, The Estée Lauder Companies has a new mission: to create a breast cancerfree world. A bold, thought-provoking visual of a tattered pink ribbon is being introduced, showing the wear and tear of 25 years of hard work, dedication and impact trying to cure this disease. It also represents the hope that in 25 years, there will be no need for a pink ribbon; breast cancer will be committed to the history books. The Campaign no longer carries the word “Awareness” as breast cancer now has the global spotlight it deserves, moving into the future with a new rally – it’s time to end breast cancer.
The Campaign is now active in more than 70 countries around the world, partnering with more than 60 regional organizations to address areas of most critical need. The Campaign has raised more than $70 million to support global research, education and medical services, funding 225 medical research grants through BCRF ($56 million from total funds raised). In 2017, BCRF invested more than £1 million in UK research, with nearly £10 million raised to date since The Campaign began. To date:
• Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 38% since the late 1980s
• Five-year survival rates are better than 90% when breast cancer is found early
• Treatments are being customized to a person’s type of breast cancer, as breast cancer was revealed to be not one disease, but several different types
• Surgery is not as invasive, and most women can have a lumpectomy and not a full breast removal (mastectomy)
The Estée Lauder Companies is launching global efforts to support The Campaign:
• Largest-ever one-year commitment of $8 million in financial contributions
• Illumination of buildings, monuments and landmarks worldwide in glowing pink lights to raise awareness of breast health – including Winfield House, London and the Eiffel Tower, Paris
• Release of a documentary short film, “Unraveling the Pink Ribbon: Creating a Breast Cancer Free World,” directed by Sophy Holland, honouring Mrs. Lauder and highlighting progress made
• Distribution of informational brochures and pink ribbons at The Estée Lauder Companies’ beauty brand counters worldwide
In the UK the following brands of The Estée Lauder Companies will support The Campaign’s mission: Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Clinique, Darphin, Estée Lauder, Jo Malone.
Lab Series, Origins, Smashbox and Tom Ford Beauty. Each will contribute by selling Pink Ribbon Products or making donations to BCRF and/or other charitable organizations around the world. This assortment differs by country and organization.
To support the 25th Anniversary of The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign, visit bcacampaign.com, follow on social media @bcacampaign and use #PinkRibbon25.
TETBURY, ENGLAND – JUNE 11: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Malcolm Borwick share a moment following the Maserati Polo Tour 2017 at Beaufort Polo Club on June 11, 2017 in Tetbury, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
This is the fourth year Maserati and its polo apparel partner, La Martina, have hosted a global tour. Prince William’s Maserati team lost 7-6½ to Dhamani 1969. His Royal Highness took part in the game in aid of the charities Child Bereavement UK and Fields in Trust, of which he is patron.