Magazine article Variety

Glitzy Fundraiser Helps amfAR Find a Cure

Magazine article Variety

Glitzy Fundraiser Helps amfAR Find a Cure

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For 20 years, amf AR's Cinema Against AIDS fundraiser has drawn some of the world's most beautiful and wealthy people to its event at Cannes, but this year, as the star-studded party celebrates 21 years of raising money for AIDS research and education, its sponsors are facing a much different world.

Twenty years ago, AIDS was still front-page news, but now there's an erroneous perception that it's a manageable and even curable disease. That makes amfAR's work of funding education programs and research even more urgent.

The Cannes events have raised more than $120 million; now the organization is stepping up with Countdown to a Cure for AIDS, aimed at wiping out IIIV by 2020, with plans to invest $100 million in research over the next six years.

The May 22 Cannes event, at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, has a lineup of performers that includes Lana Del Rey, Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc. …

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