The latest EJAF Oscar bash raised a record-breaking seven million dollars.
At the event, Elton thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in an audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to his foundation on the spot using their cell phones.
Throughout the evening, live messages from EJAF friends like Laverne Cox and Judith Light encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the the charity's mission. The first 40 guests who donated $5,000 or more received a Christopher Makos limited edition print Andy American Flag, 1969.
The live auction also fetched big bucks. Just the first item, Barrie Wentzell's 1970 photo of Elton and Bernie Taupin, was snapped up for $100,000.
“As we look back on our efforts over the past 25 years to prevent HIV infections, help people living with the disease, and speak up for their rights, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot of valuable experiences to inform our work going forward,” said Elton. “This party and our work have always been about love, inclusion, fairness, and good health for everyone. We believe these remedies can cure anything – most especially AIDS.”