Elton John and David Furnish are turning to “big-hearted friends” to front the program for the 32nd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party on March 10.
Joining John and husband Furnish as hosts at the sold-out event will be Neil Patrick Harris, husband David Burtka and Tiffany Haddish. The Gabriels, an R&B-soul-rock trio, will hit the stage to perform. Additional names are expected to be announced in coming weeks.
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“As a father and an AIDS advocate for over three decades, I want to see my sons grow up in a world where AIDS, and the stigma and inequality that drives it, are history,” said newly-crowned EGOT winner John. “Everyone deserves to live a healthy life, free from violence and discrimination. I’m so grateful to my big-hearted friends Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Tiffany Haddish, and one of my favorite fresh acts, Gabriels, for stepping up to help us raise funds at this year’s Oscar party to further my foundation’s mission.”
The event has supported the EJAF’s efforts by raising millions for the work since its inception in 1992. All funds raised this year will support the EJAF’s partners to prevent HIV infections, tackle stigma and provide care to vulnerable communities.
“The Oscar party is the foundation biggest night of the year, and I am thrilled to carry on Elton and my tradition of co-hosting with such dear friends. This year holds special significance for us as we celebrate the impactful launch of the Rocket Fund, our award-winning campaign against HIV-related stigma and discrimination to bring equitable care to communities most affected by HIV,” added Furnish.
Iris and Michael Smith are serving as the co-sponsors, joining official partners like American Airlines, Cadillac, Tequila Don Julio and the City of West Hollywood. Presenting sponsors include A+E Networks, Chopard, Gilead Sciences, Health Care Advocates International, Robert and Dana Kraft, Bob and Tamar Manoukian and Cheryl and Haim Saban.
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