9:38am PT by Chris Gardner
Sharon Stone, Rufus Wainwright Supporting AIDS Monument Benefit
STORIES: The AIDS Monument — one of the features of West Hollywood Park's multi-million-dollar renovation — is in the final fundraising phase, which is why the photography auction known as Photo17 is back once again this year to push the project toward completion. Set for Oct. 5 at Milk Studios on Cahuenga Boulevard, the event, now in its third year, benefits the Daniel Tobin-designed monument which Sharon Stone describes simply as "love."
"It means hope; it means we do our part and stand against the ill will we see in the world," said the actress and philanthropist, who is returning this year as honorary chair. She'll be joined on the invite by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, who will perform for the crowd.
This auction — both live and silent — will feature the work of many famous photographers displayed inside the studio. Highlights include rare photos of Jessica Lange taken by lensman Antonio Lopez; images of Sylvester Stallone, Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol by Norman Seeff; and signed Herb Ritts photographs courtesy of the Herb Ritts Foundation. In all, Photo17 will include 80 silent lots and 20 live lots, with bidding available around the world via Paddle8 online bidding.
Said Willie Maldonado, Milk Studios L.A. founder, partner and co-chair: "The untold loss and untold stories of the artists, models and fashion industry leaders cannot be measured. This is our way of bringing those stories to life, and to remember those people in an artistic way."
Since 2015, more than $500,000 has been raised from the Photo events at Milk Studios for the $5 million fundraising campaign. The volunteer-backed event, which is being produced by events guru and film producer Bryan Rabin (Freak Show), will include a preview cocktail reception with food provided by Love Catering. Major donors to the Monument Foundation include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Visit West Hollywood, the Guess Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, MAC AIDS Fund, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and CAA partners Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane.
More information about the event can be found here.