On Sunday September 11th, possibly the hottest ticket in town during TIFF ’11 wasn’t for a big movie premier. ‘amfAR” held their gala to benefit AIDS/HIV research at The Carlu and the stars and some of Toronto’s most influential turned out to lend their support. The gala was hosted by the always funny, and always controversial Kathy Griffin who looked great in an all black ensemble. She kept the audience laughing and did an amazing job keeping the atmosphere light and breezy at an event for such a serious and sombre cause. Dropping the F-bomb numerous times throughout the night didn’t hurt either.
The black-tie gala raised funds through a live auction which was hosted by a representative of Sotheby’s and included trips, yachts and a special gift presented by Kim Catrall (along with a night out with her, she donated the Vivienne Westwood dress she was wearing that night). The highlight of the auction was a night out with host Kathy Griffin at the Fairmont Royal York hotel’s Prime Minister Suite which went for a staggering $40, 000. The guests were treated to performances from Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson and Grammy award winner John Legend.
The night took a to a serious note as designer Kenneth Cole took a moment of time to reflect on the ten years gone by since the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 and also paid tribute to amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. The night raised over $800,000 for amfAR and Dignitas International. Check out the photos from the red carpet below.