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News About An EJAF Gala And Discussion

Tuesday 26 May 2009 @ 16:20 - GMT

Formula One racing and fashion came together on Friday evening in Monte Carlo at the glittering Amber Fashion event to raise funds for the EJAF. For the second time - after her debut at last years Monaco Grand Prix - Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One Management CEO Bernie, unveiled the new collection from her top-end menswear range FORM, an F1-inspired fashion line. 

Once again the models were none other than seven current Formula One drivers and one recently retired, including reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and F1 veteran David Coulthard.

The attendees included HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Bernie Ecclestone and Richard Branson.

David Furnish presented the evenings charity auction, which raised more than 345,000 euros (£303,000) for his partner's organisation.

The Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay Luxury Experience was sold to Bernie Ecclestone, who re-donated it to the auction where it immediately sold again for a higher price. A unique print of footballer Thierry Henry by Anderson & Low went to Furnish and the Grey Goose Electric Oasis Cocktail Bar found a new home in the Monaco Palace, where Prince Albert will mix drinks for his guests. Another lucky bidder took home an original hand-signed etching by Henri Matisse. But the ultimate lot was most likely a dinner for ten with Sir Elton in his villa in Nice, which was sold to a mystery bidder for 145,000 euros.

And in other recent EJAF developments, over the weekend, CNN's House Call included a portion of an interview the entertainer did about HIV/AIDS.

Elton told the station's medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, that it was important for people to ''get their hands dirty''--which he wasn't doing in the eighties. Except for participating in the That's What Friends Are For musical project, Elton ''wasn't there. I don't know where I was,'' adding that he was contrite.

More of the talk is on video at

www.cnn.com/health.