Sir Elton John knows how to throw a bash! His 27th annual Academy Award viewing party had no shortage of celebrities with deep pockets. The star-studded event took in over $6.3 million dollars. The money was donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation, which has helped the fight to end HIV/AIDS since 1992.
The Foundation has raised more than $406 million world-wide to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. However, the “Rocket Man” singer says more needs to be done.
“We’ve come an awful long way obviously I mean 27 years ago we never thought we’d be here. We never thought we’d come so far in treating this disease, but we still have a long way to go,” he told reporters at the event.
“We have to get the medicine to the people who need it, we have to get the price of the medicines down, and more importantly as I say every year to you guys, we have to get rid of the stigma. But you know we’re slowly battling away and I’m still confident in a few years’ time, we’ll see the end of this,” he added.