His­tory in the Mak­ing

Hol­ly­wood stars and Hong Kong’s elite gath­ered to cel­e­brate the city’s in­au­gu­ral am­far gala,writes Justine Lee

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o make aids his­tory by 2020—that’s the mission of the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Aids Re­search (am­far), the lead­ing non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to putting an end to the epi­demic that af­fects more than 35 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide to­day. The foun­da­tion held its first ben­e­fit in 1993 dur­ing the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, presided over by found­ing chair­man El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, and has since held high­pro­file af­fairs around the world to raise funds for Aids aware­ness and re­search pro­grammes.

Hong Kong’s in­au­gu­ral am­far fundrais­ing gala, held on March 14, was a spec­tac­u­lar night co-hosted by event chair Pansy Ho and hon­orary chair Gwyneth Pal­trow. Actress Michelle Yeoh was recog­nised dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings for her out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to the fight against Aids.

Simon de Pury kept spir­its bub­bling along through­out the evening with his en­ter­tain­ing auc­tion­eer­ing. The lots in­cluded a Harry Win­ston di­a­mond neck­lace (mod­elled by Pal­trow), a paint­ing by Jia Aili, an ex­clu­sive trip to New York to at­tend Marc Ja­cobs’ fash­ion show in 2016 and—the big sur­prise of the night—tick­ets to the Leonardo Dicaprio Foun­da­tion gala in St Tropez, which went for HK$1 mil­lion. All told, the auc­tion raised HK$4 mil­lion to sup­port am­far’s ef­forts.

The au­di­ence were up and danc­ing as Robin Thicke took to the stage to per­form his big­gest hits, in­clud­ing Blurred Lines and Give it 2 U, as well as a cover of Michael Jack­son’s Rock With You. Shortly af­ter his show, the crowd was es­corted to an­other stu­dio for the af­ter-party, where Fat Tony and Kate Moss rocked the decks as Naomi Camp­bell, Paris Hil­ton and the rest of the guests tore up the dance floor to the sounds of clas­sic hip-hop, pop and rock from the 1980s.

Gwyneth Pal­trow

David and Lucy Tang

Clau­dine Ying

Wendi Deng Naomi Camp­bell Vic­to­ria Beckham

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