Hollywood’s most beloved celebrities come out to help raise money for AIDS research at the 9th annual amfAR gala
Katy Perry and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie were both presented with the amfAR Award of Courage in Beverly Hills in recognition of their commitment to the fight against AIDS
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars came out in support of AIDS research at the amfAR gala this week in Beverly Hills. Besides supporting this important cause, the stars also came out to show their support for the evening’s two honorees Katy Perry and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie. Spreading awareness for HIV and AIDS really hit home for some celebrities who have lost people they love to the terrible disease.
‘Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland has dealt with her fare share of health issues with a chronic kidney condition she has been dealing with all of her life. Supporting a cause like amfAR is extremely important to Hyland and she couldn’t stress enough how critical events like this are to raise more money for scientific research to find a cure.
“I think it is tremendously important to spread awareness for this cause. What we need more of as a society is more scientific research for everything. The AIDS epidemic is still very prevalent around the world, 4,000 people get infected with HIV everyday and we need more money for that.”
Transgender Youtuber, actress, socialite and activist Gigi Gorgeous was also thrilled to be there to support the cause. As a transgender woman that has close to 3 million Youtube subscribers and over 2 million instagram followers, it is of utmost importance to her to spread awareness for this cause and others through her huge platform.
“I think raising awareness amongst any single situation, whether it be the LGBTQ rights or amfAR for HIV and AIDS is really important to bring to the surface because I think a lot of times things get swept under the rug. We see all of these people suffering with it but we are really not paying attention. I think with the rights being revoked and all of that talk, it’s more important now than ever. I have friends that suffer from it and I get it, and it’s a really hard thing to do. So if I can come out tonight and dress all glam and black tie with everyone else, I am here.”
MEAWW also spoke to former Nickelodeon star and movie actress Victoria Justice about what brought her out to support the cause. Fighting AIDS and HIV is very close to her heart as she has lost someone close to her family from the disease. Justice believes that spreading awareness to the younger generation that follows her is vital in the search for a cure.
“It’s such an amazing cause, my mom lost her best friend to AIDS and it’s such a devastating illness that has taken so many lives. So anything I can do to lend my voice and try to raise money and help out, I’m just so happy to do. Events like this are great. Although people are going to see me in this dress and think ‘Oh, that’s so cool!’, at the end of the day, you can learn more and really make a difference and it’s something you should be informed about and help out with.”
We also got the opportunity to speak with the honoree of the evening, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie. Mycoskie is not just the founder of one of the biggest brands in the world, but he has always used his business as a way to give back to those in need.
“I lost my godfather when I was 12 years old to AIDS, so it has had a personal effect on my life. Many kids are HIV positive so I have seen the devastating results of this disease and to be honored tonight and help hopefully motivate this audience to really get behind amfAR in their final push to getting a cure is something I wanted to do.”
To learn more about one of Hollywood’s most cherished foundations, visit https://www.amfar.org.