Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty and Hugo Boss Honored at amfAR Gala
Honorees were recognized for stepping up in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
Sharon Stone, Zoe Saldana and Paula Abdul were among the stars gathered at the fifth annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. The American Foundation for AIDS Research, an organization dedicated to the research for a cure for HIV/AIDS, celebrated both men's fashion and the humanitarian efforts of Goldie Hawn, Aileen Getty and Hugo Boss.
Talk-show host and comedian Chelsea Handler hosted the event for the second time, and no one in the audience was safe, including chairman of the board and fashion designer Kenneth Cole, whom she called "Jewy," and Stone, whom Handler said is similar to herself.
“I have a lot in common with Sharon because we both accidentally showed our vaginas and became famous,” Handler said. “Hers was in a movie, mine wasn’t.”
Handler also referenced the film Dallas Buyers Club to help express the fact that there is no cure for HIV/AIDS.
“A lot of people think that this is a fight that has been fought and already won or that AIDS is only a problem in other countries or that Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto cured AIDS down in Texas, but they didn’t,” Handler said.
Stone, an amfAR supporter for more than 18 years and a recent recipient of the Peace Summit Award by the Dalai Lama, paid homage to amfAR’s co-founder Elizabeth Taylor, who influenced her to get involved with the organization. She presented the Inspiration Award to Getty, Taylor’s daughter-in-law, who currently lives with HIV/AIDS.
"To be in this community where so many of us, when we fall everyone rushes to see what it looks like, everyone rushes to point, to gloat, to point out again. It’s amazing to be able to stand in the heat of that light and to get up with such courage, such decency, such profound goodness that I can only see deeply why Aileen was chosen to have this incredible dignity, this incredible destiny and this incredible journey," said Stone.
Stone then took the stage with Andrea Fiuczynski, president of auction house Christie's Los Angeles for a live auction.
“As you know, I’m famous for taking people’s cash — only the ones I don’t marry,” Stone said.
"I can come down and make out with you for a minute?" Stone said to an older man before persuading him to spend $40,000.
After actress Lily Tomlin presented Hawn with her Inspiration Award, Hawn commented on how the AIDS disease affected her when she was young.
“I am old enough to remember losing a lot of my friends, and it was a scary time for us," said Hawn. "They were our angels that basically we were losing one by one."
Later on in the evening, Stone announced that Getty donated $1 million to amfAR. Handler returned to the stage asking members of the audience to donate $2 or even $1.50.
“I hate coming to these things,” said Handler. “You get a bit of a buzz and then whoopsie.”
Singer Grace Jones's performance at the end of the night revived memories of the days when the bon vivant Andy Warhol set the pace for the hip New York club scene.