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The Not-To-Be-Missed amfAR Gala Cannes

April 26, 2024

In the panorama of glittering evenings that pepper the social calendar of the crème de la crème of entertainment, fashion, and philanthropy, few occasions shimmer quite as brightly as the amfAR Gala and the AmfAR Gala Cannes in particular. This prestigious black-tie affair, celebrated for its luxurious venue and distinguished guest roster, is distinguished by its significant mission and profound commitment to medical research in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. Characterized by its spontaneous live auction and unparalleled effectiveness in raising funds for amfAR's critical research efforts, the event stands as a pivotal moment in support of lifesaving initiatives.

On Thursday, May 23, 2024, the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 will mark its 30th Anniversary with an evening of unparalleled glamour and purpose at the prestigious Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. This year, the gala is honored to have the illustrious Demi Moore as its host, ensuring an evening filled with sophistication and star power. Adding to the exclusivity and excitement of the night, the legendary Cher has been announced to deliver a special musical performance, promising attendees an unforgettable experience.Set against the cinematic backdrop of the Cannes Film Festival, the amfAR Gala Cannes 2024 encapsulates the essence of luxury with a cause, blending the allure of celebrity with the gravitas of charitable dedication. The 30th Anniversary of the gala commemorates three decades of remarkable achievements in HIV/AIDS research and reinforces the collective commitment to a future free from the disease.

AmFAR's beginnings

Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Her name resonates globally, transcending her remarkable achievements as an actor to embody the essence of a humanitarian and philanthropist par excellence. Following the tragic loss of her close friend, Rock Hudson, to AIDS, she embarked on an impassioned and dedicated crusade against the disease, marking a pivotal chapter in her legacy of advocacy.

“I kept seeing all these news reports on this new disease and kept asking myself why no one was doing anything. And then I realized that I was just like them. I wasn’t doing anything to help,” she said of HIV/AIDS.

So, in 1985, Elizabeth joined with Dr. Mathilde Krim and a small group of physicians and scientists, forming the non-profit American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). As amfAR’s Founding National Chairperson, she became the new organization’s principal spokesperson and titular head. For many, it was Elizabeth Taylor who brought the issue of HIV/AIDS into the mainstream. She said, “I have dedicated my efforts, above all, to the thousands of men, women, and children throughout the world who have died of AIDS or are currently fighting for their lives.” For the rest of her life, Elizabeth Taylor continued the fight for a cure for this heinous disease, which has claimed the lives of so many.

Elizabeth Taylor speaking during an AIDS fundraiser benefit in DC

AmFAR today

Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. From 2015 to 2020, the foundation invested nearly $53 million in 109 cure-focused research projects in 15 countries. Grants and fellowships support teams of scientists pursuing innovative strategies, including cell and gene therapy, shock and kill, and post-treatment control. 

Raising much-needed funds

Since the inaugural amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993 at the Moulin de Mougins, hosted by amfAR's late founding international chairman Elizabeth Taylor, the event has evolved into one of the festival's most sought-after tickets. It has successfully raised $264 million for amfAR’s critical HIV/AIDS research initiatives that have brought the world within reach of a cure for HIV.

AmFAR Gala 2024 Cannes at a glance

  • Date: May 23
  • Venue: Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc
  • Cocktail reception: 6 p.m.
  • Dinner, live auction, fashion show and performances: 8 p.m.
  • Featuring "Fairy Tales,” A CR Runway Show Curated by Carine Roitfeld
  • Host: Demi Moore
  • Special performances by: Cher
  • Auctioneer: Simon de Pury
  • After party at Eden Roc immediately following: 1 a.m.
  • amfAR Chairs: Mohammed Al-Turki, Pedro Almodóvar, Jonathan Bailey, Angela Bassett, Fan Bingbing, Len Blavatnik, Tom Blyth, Emily Cheong, Alan Cumming, Dennis Davidson, Colman Domingo, Alessandro Dusi, Cynthia Erivo, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess Of York, Richard Gere, T. Ryan Greenawalt, Goldie Hawn, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Tommy Hilfiger, Elizabeth Hurley, Milla Jovovich, Matt Kalish, Heidi Klum, Diane Kruger, Karolína Kurková, Julian Lennon, Eva Longoria, Andie Macdowell, Kevin McClatchy, Cyrus S. Poonawalla, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Vin Robert, Coco Rocha, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Alexander Skarsgård, Jodie Turner-Smith, Jeffrey Wright, Michelle Yeoh
  • Presenting sponsors: Chopard and the Red Sea International Film Festival, and Evening signature sponsors: Homolog and DraftKings.
  • The event is supported by Gérard Bertrand, Piper-Heidsieck and Rumor Rosé
At a past amfAR Gala Cannes. [Source:]

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This astonishing waterfront estate, Villa Diane, perfectly complements the glamorous event you attend in Cannes. Its expansive land and stunning gardens provide a luxurious getaway from the crowds and access to nearby beaches. All 14 guests can immerse in the surrounding views right from the comfort of the bed in one of seven stunning bedrooms. The lavish interior captures natural light through the arched windows shimmering upon stone flooring and marble columns, creating a stately ambiance. This luxury rental leaves an outstanding impression on all its guests, who can enjoy the spa lounge, sauna and hammam to unwind and relax. A heated pool and jacuzzi adorn the outside area and provide a place of tranquility. The fantastic green rooftop terrace completes the overall enchanting experience of this villa. 

There is still time to plan an exclusive vacation to attend this year’s amfAR Gala Cannes. LVH will work to secure a table and tickets for you to this illustrious fundraising event. We will also fashion a detailed, custom itinerary with other experiences based on your preferences. After all, your time is one of your most valuable assets, and we are dedicated to ensuring it is spent on experiences that foster cherished, lifelong memories. We invite you to reach out to an LVH client relations professional who will begin planning your time in France to attend the amfAR Gala Cannes.

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