Chairs for the gala included Rebecca Wang, executive film producer and entrepreneur who is a devoted patron of the arts and a committed supporter to a number of significant charities; John Demsey, Group President of Estee Lauder; David Bohnett, philanthropist, technology entrepreneur and social activist; and Tim Hanlon, CEO of the Vetere Group.
Honorary Chairs included amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Naomi Campbell, amfAR's Chair for Global Fundraising Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson and Elizabeth Murdoch.
Chelsea Handler presented the programme for the Inspiration black tie event, which began with a cocktail reception before dinner. Following this was one of the highlights of the gala: a high energy set from legendary performer Grace Jones. After Ms. Jones' performance, the evening proceeded to a live auction.
amfAR Inspiration events have the dual aim of celebrating men's fashion and style and simultaneously raising funds for continuing work and research into AIDS. The evenings are held annually in 6 cities world-wide: New York, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Toronto, Miami, and Rio de Janeiro. They are renowned as much for the stunning standard of their entertainment as for the immense amount of goodwill and participation generated by their fundraising initiatives.Sponsors for the evening included M.A.C Viva Glam, Microsoft, and international banking and financial services company Wells Fargo. Josh Wood Productions resumed their regular expert role in producing the evening. About Rebecca Wang Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Rebecca graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and practiced as a psychotherapist at various leading institutions. In 2011, Rebecca made her Hollywood debut as an executive producer and had the opportunity to work with A-list professionals from the film industry for her project. Rebecca devotes her time and energy to supporting The British Academy of film and Television Arts (bafta), Elton John Aids Foundation and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) where she has acted as sponsor and chair to some of the renowned Inspiration Galas held world-wide.