The Elton John AIDS Foundation is thrilled to announce the return of Elton John and David Furnish as hosts for the 31st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party on March 12, 2023.
This iconic event is set to feature special guests, including EMMY® Award-winning actor Eric McCormack and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, as well as singer-songwriter and actress Rina Sawayama, who will be performing.
Presenting Sponsors of the party include Bob and Tamar Manoukian, NEURO Drinks, Chopard, ELTON JOHN EYEWEAR, Gilead Sciences, A+E Networks, Cheryl and Haim Saban, and Robert K. Kraft. Additional talent names taking part in the evening will be announced soon.
Supporting The Fight To End AIDS
Since its inception in 1992, the Academy Awards Viewing Party has been a significant fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s life-saving work.
Funds raised during the evening will support the Foundation’s network of partners and local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections, provide treatment, and influence governments to end AIDS.
“I am overjoyed to be reuniting with old and new friends on one of my favourite nights of the year, especially after missing last year’s viewing party due to an unfortunate clash of schedules with my ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour,” says Sir Elton John, Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“As always, I am so appreciative of every attendee, donor, and sponsor who continues to support the Foundation’s work across the globe in the fight to end AIDS. With such meaningful generosity, we can make a healthier and more inclusive world.”
David Furnish, chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, adds, “Elton and I are looking forward to the Foundation’s milestone event celebrating our achievements with so many supporters and allies, but more importantly, raising much-needed awareness and funds for the innovative work that the Foundation is doing to end the AIDS epidemic. With rising new HIV infections and the tragic and needless loss of lives in many parts of the world, the support of our work is more crucial than ever.”
Making a Difference
The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to ending the AIDS epidemic. Since its establishment in 1992, it has become one of the leading independent AIDS organizations worldwide.
The Foundation’s mission is simple – an end to the AIDS epidemic. By mobilizing its network of generous supporters and partners, it funds local experts across four continents to challenge discrimination, prevent infections, provide treatment, and influence governments to end AIDS.
Anne Aslett, CEO of Elton John AIDS Foundation, explains, “While we’ve seen tremendous progress since the Foundation’s inception 31 years ago, the current, troubling state of the world brings the risk of relapse, and there is still much work ahead.By supporting our annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, you are directly helping us maintain services by providing access, agency, care, and justice to those who need it the most – the LGBTQ+ community, people who sell sex or use drugs, and young people who lack the information or agency to protect themselves.”
The Foundation is especially grateful to Judy and Leonard Lauder for serving as the evening’s Co-Sponsors, the City of West Hollywood for its continued collaboration, our official airline partner, American Airlines, and our spirits partner Tequila Don Julio.
About Rina Sawayama
Fresh off her UK and US headline tour, Rina Sawayama is a British-Japanese pop star who has quickly risen to fame.
Her debut album, SAWAYAMA, received critical acclaim, and her sophomore LP, Hold The Girl, reached #3 on the UK charts – the highest ever for a Japanese artist.
Sawayama’s music is a blend of intimate storytelling and arena-sized tunes, showcasing her exceptional talent as a singer-songwriter and actress.
Her inclusion as a performer at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party is sure to add excitement and energy to the event.
As a young artist, Sawayama is a role model for many, and her participation in this important cause will help raise awareness and funds to support the Foundation’s work in ending the AIDS epidemic.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation is proud to have Sawayama as a part of this year’s event, and her performance is sure to be a highlight of the evening.
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