Sir Elton John and David Furnish to Host 16th Annual Party Celebrating The Academy Awards(R) Benefiting the Elton John Aids Foundation – The 16th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) Academy Awards(R) Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish will be held Sunday, February 24, 2008 at the Pacific Design Center and will be co-sponsored by Chopard and VH1. The event will begin at 4PM with a cocktail reception, followed by a formal dinner and viewing of the 80th Annual Academy Awards, an exciting auction and a very special soon-to-be-announced musical performer invited by Sir Elton John.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation gala is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Last year this annual gala event made history when it raised a record-breaking $4.3 million and over the past 15 years the event has generated over $15 Million for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Event organizers hope to top last year’s success in an effort to further increase EJAF’s investments in its grant-making initiatives which support prevention education programs, harm reduction, and direct services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, especially populations with special needs.

“With the loyal support of the Hollywood community the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party has raised significant attention and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past 15 years,” says EJAF Director Scott Campbell. “This year we hope to set the bar even higher and let the world know that we are as committed as ever to fighting this devastating disease.”

The gala is guaranteed to bring out some of the biggest and hottest names from the entertainment community. This year’s event co-chairs include Victoria and David Beckham, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Stone, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Donatella Versace and John Waters among others. Past guests have included Hollywood luminaries, Oscar winners and music stars such as Nicolas Cage, Jon Bon Jovi, Denzel Washington, Sheryl Crow, Sir Paul McCartney, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Benicio Del Toro, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sting, Sir Ian McKellen, Sharon Stone, Rod Stewart, Kevin Spacey, John Waters, Sissy Spacek and Halle Berry.

ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION: Since its establishment in 1992 by Founder and Chairman Sir Elton John, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has raised over $150 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention and service programs in 55 countries around the globe. Today, EJAF is one of the world’s leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting community-based prevention education programs, harm reduction, and direct services to persons living with HIV/AIDS, especially populations with special needs. EJAF’s current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention programs in the Southern United States and the Caribbean; HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable populations; and HIV/AIDS prevention education and promotion of sexual health for adolescents.

CHOPARD: Chopard is honoured to once again, be an official partner of the Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party. When Co-President Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele met Sir Elton John a decade ago, he proposed the idea for Chopard to take an active role in his Foundation’s fight against the devastating virus, AIDS. This suggestion sparked an incredible friendship and a highly successful creative collaboration between the world-famous music artist and the Swiss family-owned jewelry house. Together they have made their dream a reality and created a special Elton John AIDS Foundation watch collection, reflecting Sir Elton John’s outstanding and innovative sense of style, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Meticulously crafted in Geneva, Switzerland since 1860, Chopard has distinguished itself worldwide for luxurious jewels and impeccably crafted high-precision timepieces that embody imaginative design and sophistication. For further information, phone 1.800.CHOPARD or visit Chopard at

VH1: VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 90 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, VH1Games and extensive broadband video on Connect with VH1 at

AMERICAN AIRLINES: American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Elton John Aids Foundation
CONTACT: Christina Lee, or Ivy Mollenkamp, both of Rogers & Cowan,
+1-310-854-8100, for Elton John Aids Foundation

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