Good Works Update: amFar’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala’s Results Are In!

AmFar’s Cinema Against AIDS gala had a record-breaking night on May 22nd, raising over $10 Million to benefit amfAR’s HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention Programs.

Sharon Stone, AmFar’s Fundaraising Chair, kicked off the program with a special appeal in honor of her 50th birthday in which she pledged a $100,000 and encouraged others in the room to meet her pledge. Within 10 minutes, $2 million was raised. Happy Birthday, Sharon!

As always the legendary auction, conducted by Stone and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, did not dissappoint with it’s big ticket items. Below are a few highlights of the lots sold.

Sharon Stone ‘s meticulously restored vintage Porsche 911 Targa, went for $810,000.

A private two-song set courtesy of Madonna, sold for $560,000. The Material Girl also personally auctioned a diamond-encrusted alligator skin Chanel purse designed by Karl Lagerfeld that included her personal lip gloss, compact mirror, and blotting papers for a whopping $486,000.

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Donatella Versace auctioned off Madonna’s personalized, custom-made white Gibson acoustic guitar created especially for her “Confessions” tour for $486,000. And “24 Hours with Diddy,” an impromtu item contributed by Combs, went for $324,000 .

Auction honorable mentions include private sittings with filmmaker/artist Julian Schanbel ($486,000) and photographer Patrick Demarchelier ($324,000), as well as a lot featuring a movie set visit to Nine and an original manuscript by author Paul Coelho ($243,000).

AmfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS galas have generated more than $43 million for AIDS research since 1993. amfAR’s mission is to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and translate that research into effective treatment, prevention, and education programs worldwide.

Good Works

Alicia Keys was in Louisana today to honor the students of Frederick A. Douglass High School for their environmental achievements under Lexus’s ‘Keys to Innovation’ environmental initiative. The program honors urban schools that have successfully put environmental programs in their schools and communities. In addition to a meeting with Keys, the students will receive a donation of $2,000 for their efforts.

And over on the French Rivera….amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS 2008 benefit also took place at Le Moulin de Mougins during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Here’s the run down…Madonna and Sharon Stone co-hosted the festivities. Mary J. Blige performed. Clips of Madonna’s new documentary,  I Am Because We Are, shed light on the Malawian AIDS crisis. An A-list crowd that included Natalie Portman, Sean”P.Diddy”Combs, Harvey Weinstein, Kenneth Cole, Dennis Hopper, and a host of others all came out to support the cause. The total of funds raised are being tabulated and will be made public shortly.

Emmy-Award winner Joe Pantoliano and Academy Award winner, Marcia Gay Harden, participated in a news conference on the Stigma of Mental Illness Among Veterans Being Treated in the Public Mental Health System in Washington, DC. Pantoliano is the founder of No Kidding, Me Too! a nonprofit organization comprised of entertainment industry members united in an effort to educate Americans about the epidemic related to brain disease in all forms.