Kim Kardashian West + Kourtney Kardashian Help Raise $1.7 Million At 2019 amfAR NY Gala

Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian attend the amfAR New York Gala 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street

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They might have caused quite a stir with their matching, skin-baring Versace dresses, but Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian were just two of the attractions at the 2019 amfAR NY Gala: the stars of the evening were honorees Milla Jovovich, legendary fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and auctioneer Simon de Pury.

Nina Agdal

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The Kardashians were just a few of a slew of a-list guests, all whom contributed to help the non-profit raise $1.7 million for the fight against AIDS at the 21st annual gala. Other guests included Alanna Arrington, Alex Lundqvist, Anne V, Blanca Padilla, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brian Kelly, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Daur, Caroline Vreeland, Chanel Iman, Charlotte Lawrence, Charlotte McKinney, Chloe Lukasiak, Danielle Herrington, Daphne Groeneveld, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Devon Windsor, Duckie Thot, Ebonee Davis, Elsa Hosk, Emily DiDonato, Eniko Mihalik, Flaviana Matata, Gala Gonzalez, Gizele Oliveira, Grace Elizabeth, Gracie Carvalho, Gustav Witzoe, Hilary Rhoda, Isabeli Fontana and Jack Brinkley Cook. 

Karolina Kurkova speaks onstage

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Additional guests included Jacques Pougnet, Jordan and Zac Stenmark, Josie Conseco, Jules Horn, Jourdana Phillips, Karen Elson, Kate Boch, Kelsey Merritt, Lais Ribeiro, Lameka Fox, Larsen Thompson, Leelee Kimmel, Lindsay Ellingson, Lindsey Wixson, Lion Babe, Lucky Blue Smith, Marjan Jonkman, Megan Williams, Myles O’Neal, Moran Atias, Nadine Leopold, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Nina Agdal, Noel Capri Berry, Parson James, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sasha Luss, Sasha Pivovarova, Selah Marley, Star Jones, Sterling Shepard, Valery Kaufman, Victoria Justice and Winnie Harlow.

Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez

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The evening commenced with a soulful performance of “Love Is Here” and Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” by singer-songwriter and model Caroline Vreeland, who set the stage for longtime amfAR supporter Alan Cumming to welcome guests and thank the fashion community for their continued support.

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Model Winnie Harlow took the stage to thank sponsors for making the evening possible, and led a special toast with Champagne Perrier-Jouët.

Winnie Harlow

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Karolina Kurkova presented the amfAR Award of Courage to Simon de Pury, recognizing his ability as one of the most respected auctioneers in the art world to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for amfAR as well as many other charitable organizations.

Kelsea Ballerini (C) and Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers perform onstage

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Platinum singer-songwriter Parson James performed before Michelle Rodriguez took the stage to present the amfAR Award of Courage to Milla Jovovich. In her acceptance speech, Jovovich dedicated her award to amfAR founders Dr. Mathilde Krim and Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who she counts as two of her heroes. She emphasized the importance of continuing to fight for progress towards a cure, and shared the immortal words of Elizabeth Taylor: “I will not be silenced and I will not give up and I will not be ignored.”

Jonathan Cheban

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Kim Kardashian West presented the amfAR Award of Courage to Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, recognizing that “while their status as the world’s most sought-after photographic duo is well established, their humanitarian efforts and generous support of organizations like amfAR tend to get less attention.”

Kim Kardashian West and Mert Alas

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The evening’s fundraising efforts began with Lais Ribeiro, Chanel Iman, and Isabeli Fontana inviting event honoree Simon de Pury back to the stage to conduct the live auction. Highlights of the auction included high-value items such as a five-night stay for eight guests on the private Thanda Island off the coast of Tanzania, auctioned off by Heidi Klum; an exclusive photograph of Kate Moss by event honorees Mert and Marcus; and a portfolio of ten images of Mick Jagger by Andy Warhol, among other items.

Heidi Klum

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To close the night, three-time Grammy Award winner Maxwell introduced EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and special guest Kelsea Ballerini, who sang hit singles such as “Closer,” “This Feeling,” and “Hope,” which had guests out of their seats dancing—and was, coincidentally, a very appropriate theme for the evening.

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