Elton John‘s AIDS Foundation held its annual Fall Gala Monday night in New York City, and the star-studded event raised just under $4 million for the cause.
Sheryl Crow provided the entertainment for the evening, which was hosted by Gayle King. A live auction was also held, with prizes ranging from a Tony Bennett painting, to a David LaChappelle photo of Elton, to a series of 12 prints created by Elton’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to celebrate their 50-year partnership. Each print was signed by both Elton and Bernie.
Elton told the attendees that all the money they contributed helps the Foundation to “support organizations responding to HIV/AIDS in communities where help is most needed.”
He added, “These organizations reach people who are often forgotten or overlooked — and treat them with the dignity, respect, and compassion they deserve.”
Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden this Thursday and Friday.
As previously reported, Julien’s Auctions on Friday will sell off Taupin’s personal collection of memorabilia, including gold records and handwritten lyrics for songs from Elton’s albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Madman Across the Water and Tumbleweed Connection, as well as for hits like “I’m Still Standing,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Sad Songs (Say So Much),” “Nikita” and “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny).”
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