Hollywood’s A-list gathered with fashion icons, celebrities and socialites at the 19th annual amfAR New York Gala to pay tribute to actress Scarlett Johansson and Artistic Director Donatella Versace.
for their longtime support of amfAR and exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS. The event, presented by Harry Winston, raised nearly $2 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.
Johansson received the award, presented to her by the handsome Mark Ruffalo who described her as “driven simply by the firm conviction that she should do whatever she can to help those who are less fortunate than she is.”
Versace creative director Donatella Versace, sister of the brand’s founder Gianni Versace and a long time fashion legend, accepted her award honoring her brother Gianni as a pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS and promise to continue his legacy in the philanthropic side while receiving the amfAR Award of Courage from the hands of supermodel Naomi Cambell.
The evening ended with an spectacular live performance from the evening’s headliner, Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Ellie Goulding, who ended the evening with an explosive set of her biggest songs, including “On My Mind,” “Burn,” and “Love Me Like You Do,” that had guests on their feet and dancing into the night; a gala where compromised guests from the entertainment industry were promised by Kenneth Cole, chairman of the board, that amfAR keeps walking towards its goal to find a cure for HIV by the end of 2020, a promise that we cannot help but celebrate, finding great joy in a red carpet hosting the attendance of powerful and rich individuals who could give the financial backing to the research needed in order to combat a disease currently suffered by 37 million people on the planet.
Photos courtesy of Rachel Carr/amfAR (Red Carpet),