Last night, the Sir Elton John and David Furnish hosted the 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party with Chopard at West Hollywood Park. The event, presented by CÎROC Vodka and Neuro Energy drinks, featured a live auction raising nearly $5.25 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS and an brillant performance by Foster the People.
Among the famous faces in attendence and sparkling in Chopard.were Karolina Kurkova, Nina Dobrev, Brooklyn Decker, Lucy Punch, Caroline Scheufele and Marc Hruschka and Chopard USA President & CEO. Other stars at the event included Academy Award winning Jean Dujardin, Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani, with her band No Doubt, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, Kim & Kourtney Kardashian, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer, Neil Patrick Harris, Smokey Robinson, Matthew Morrison, Chace Crawford, Ian Somerhalder, Adam Lambert, Alessandra Ambrosio, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Lowndes, Mischa Barton, Billie Jean King, Dianna Argon & Sebastian Stan, Dita von Teese, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Liam Hemsworth, Mena Suvari, Michelle Rodriguez, Miley Cyrus, Natasha Henstridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Paz Vega, Petra Nemcova, Sarah Hyland, Sky Ferreira, Kelly Osbourne and Ziyi Zhang.
Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a 5-course gala dinner prepared by Chef Cat Cora, the first and only female Iron Chef on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” The dinner was followed by a lively auction conducted by Jamie Nivens of Sotheby’s. Auction items included a limited edition diamond Elton John watch by Chopard which was sold twice, both for $28,000, a tennis lesson with 10 time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal that sold for $190,000 twice; an in-home cooking class for up to ten people with Chef Cat Cora which sold for $100,000 to Steve Tisch, owner of the NFL champion New York Giants; the opportunity to join Elton John and David Furnish at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party that sold for $230,000 and a surprise auction lot – a bite from “Vampire Diaries” stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerholder, set visit to the show and lunch with Elton John and David Furnish went for $80,000.
Following the auction, Foster the People took the stage to perform several songs including their hits “Pumped Up Kicks”, “Helena Beat” and “Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)” much to the crowds delight.