Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Elton at Enduring Vision

Gladys Knight, Tim Allen, Emily Mortimer and Delta Goodrem partied the night away at Sir Elton John's An Enduring Vision gala in New York.

Wearing a handmade Yohji Yamamoto silk suit, the Rocket Man arrived at the seventh annual charity do for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, held at Cipriani Wall Street, with partner David Furnish.

"I hope we raise a lot of money and I hope people go away thinking about Aids and still the difficulties we have throughout the world with Aids," he said.

"I hope they also have a good time so that they come back next year. I mean, it's great to go and give money but you can't bat people over the head with things but we've got it down quite well now, David and I. We've been doing this for so long that people seem to want to come back so that's the secret of our success, I hope."

Actor and comedian Tim Allen was a lucky recipient of an Enduring Vision award for his outstanding support of the EJAF mission in raising awareness and helping to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.

"I'm doing my best to accept an award from the genuine article and I just hope I can stick with being humble and not be a jerk, as is my natural reaction to be funny and try and laugh this off," he revealed.

"It's a terrific thing that he's done and I'm just doing the best I can."

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys, who was performing with Sir Elton, admitted they hadn't practised.

"I'm going to surprise Elton! He called me and said, 'Look, if we're going to do something, we're just going to do it. You're a pro and I'm a pro'," she said.

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