Celebrities raised USD 10 million for AIDS research

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US film star Sharon Stone and pop star Madonna raised USD 10 million at a star-studded event near Cannes.

23 May 2008

MOUGINS - US film star Sharon Stone raised USD 10 million (EUR 6.4 million) at a star-studded event on the fringes of the Cannes film festival - with a little help from pop icon Madonna.

Madonna joined Stone who hosted the event at Mougins, near Cannes, for the auction of one of her guitars.

Madonna is presenting extracts from her documentary on the effects of AIDS in Malawi, out of competition at the Cannes festival.

Stone for her part auctioned her Porsche 911 for EUR 500,000.

The 15th Cinema against AIDS gala, one of Europe's main charity events, attracted a host of other celebrities, including Cannes festival jury members, actresses Natalie Portman and Jeanne Balibar.

Also present were singers P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige; the actresses Elizabeth Hurley, Michelle Yeoh, Diane Kruger and Milla Jovovitch; and the actors Dennis Hopper and Christian Slater.

All the money raised was for the Amfar, the American Foundation for Aids Research, which was founded by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Tables at Thursday night's plush charity dinner cost between USD 40,000 and USD 150,000.

Stone also hosted 2007's event, which raised USD 7 million.

[AFP / Expatica]

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