For the Cause

THROW ON YOUR BLACK-TIE BEST FOR HONG KONG’S IN­AU­GU­RAL AM­FAR GALA, WHICH WILL SET THE CITY ABUZZ IN THE NAME OF AIDS RE­SEARCH

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From cannes to mumbai and from Rio to Mi­lan, the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Aids Re­search (am­far) balls lure the world’s glit­terati to party in the name of med­i­cal ad­vances. The galas, which take place in more than 10 cities around the world each year, have so far gen­er­ated in ex­cess of US$100 mil­lion for the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Now, am­far has fi­nally landed in Hong Kong, with its in­au­gu­ral ball set for March 14 at Shaw Stu­dios. The gala, which is chaired by Pansy Ho and fea­tures Michelle Yeoh as its am­bas­sador, will in­clude a cock­tail re­cep­tion, din­ner, live auc­tion and en­ter­tain­ment. A range of tick­ets are avail­able, the most ex­clu­sive of which is the Grand Phi­lan­thropist Pack­age. This in­cludes din­ner for 12 guests and a host of other perks for HK$500,000. The money raised will help con­front a se­ri­ous HIV/AIDS epi­demic in Asia, which killed 250,000 peo­ple re­gion­ally in 2013. About five mil­lion peo­ple in Asia and the Pa­cific Is­lands were living with the dis­ease in 2013, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions.

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