Charity, Events
Jun 3, 2024

Demi Moore Hosts At Cannes To Raise $16 Million In The Fight Against AIDS at amfAR Gala

It’s 2024, we’re in Cannes, and besides all the films and fashion people swarm to attend the annual amfAR gala. This year saw the 30th edition of the star-studded benefit. This year’s amfAR included a fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld, with Nick Jonas performing alongside his brother Joe and an art auction.

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Each year, the amfAR Gala is one of the biggest draws of celebrity and exclusive black-tie events during the Cannes Film Festival. The gala is always held on the last Thursday of the festival, where the evening brings together notable names and those with thick wallets to raise money for AIDS research and HIV prevention, treatment, education and advocacy. This year, the 30th edition of the gala which was held at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, started off with cocktails and the red carpet, followed by dinner and a live auction.

Just some of the celebrated names in attendance include: Michelle Yeoh, Heidi Klum, Andie MacDowell, Diane Kruger, Colman Domingo, Maria Bakalova, Odell Beckham, Jr., Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Paris Jackson, Magic Johnson, Coco Rocha, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Bella Thorne, Julian Lennon and more.

Moore quieted the audience and spoke about how Elizabeth Taylor inspired her and asked her to host a gala in 1997, when Taylor couldn’t do it herself. Then amfAR Board co-chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy addressed the assembled, thanking the evening’s sponsors, including Chopard, Red Sea International Film Festival, Beautick, Gérard Bertrand and Hatt et Söner Champagne. Simon de Pury, the well-known auctioneer started the auction off by presenting lot one, a painting by Alexander Calder with a starting bid of $25K that sold for $100K.

Notable bids from the auction portion of the evening included, a portrait by photographer Chris Levine of Queen Elizabeth II was championed by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, who quieted the audience but brought laughter by saying, “that was my mother in law.” It sold for $475K. And an Andy Warhol lithograph of Taylor, hand signed by the artist, went for around $378K. In total, the 2024 amfAR Gala raised $16 million.

To date, amfAR has raised nearly $900 million for its programs and awarded more than 3,800 grants for research around the world.

Starting the dinner was an additional performance by British singer Jess Glynne, who became the first and only British female solo artist to score seven number ones on the U.K. singles chart. The lovely performace was followed by Demi Moore, the evening’s host, taking the stage. It has been 27 years since Moore attended an amfAR Gala. Demi Moore had already been in Cannes promoting her new film The Substance, co-starring Margaret Qualley, which is in competition at the fest.