Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Elton John AIDS Foundation's 9th Annual Soiree

Elton John never struck me as the kind of person I would enjoy being around -- his agreeing to perform at Rush Limbaugh's wedding over the summer infuriated me almost as much as his anti-marriage-equality stance a few years ago -- and I'm hard-pressed to forgive anyone responsible for "I'm Still Standing," even if he did create many memorable tunes before it. But there's no way not to admire him for the work he does with his Elton John AIDS Foundation, whose "An Enduring Vision" soiree last night at Cipriani, Wall Street, was clearly the hottest ticket in town this fall in New York. You know that old queen wasn't messing around, either, when there's nary a reality star in sight, and a room full of A-list movie stars, rock stars, producers, sports legends and fashion designers. Since its founding in 1993, the foundation has raised more than $220 million to support HIV/AIDS programs in 55 countries around the world, and last night's event undoubtedly added handsomely to that total. And speaking of handsome, here's a look at the power gays and the people who love/support them ...

Hugh Jackman and Anderson Cooper

Cheyenne Jackson and Bryan Batt

Matthew Settle and Kevin Zeger

The Incredible Shrinking Actresses Christina Ricci and Leelee Sobieski

Lorraine Bracco (really?) and Vera Wang

Debbie Harry (looking good, Deb!), and Sandra Brant and Ingrid Sischy

Elton with Tony Bennett

Philadelphia Freedom: Elton and Billie Jean King, who is still holding onto her oldest woman to win a WTA event crown after a near-miss this weekend

Get a Room: "Married" men Hugh Jackman and director Baz Luhrmann, who are working on a musical version

Elton with newly single Cameron Crowe

Joanne Woodward, Hugh Jackman and his "wife"

David Furnish, Tamara Mellon (of Jimmy Choo fame), Elton John, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg


Topaz said...

I think the real reason Cameron Crowe split from his wife is that he refused to change his ridiculous hairstyle and she couldn't put up with it for one more minute. I mean, does he think he is the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde or something?

Anonymous said...

Hugh Jackman is just pure man - renaissance man, in the true sense.

Joey said...

Maybe it's the photographer, but they all look like Madame Tussauds' figures. And half of them propped before that awful Tyvek insulation background again.

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