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Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party

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Elton John and Christopher McDaniel at the 2009 Oscar party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party is one of the annual parties held in Los Angeles following the Academy Awards ceremony the same evening. The first party was held in February 1993 at Maple Drive Restaurant and raised $300,000.[1] It had been produced by Patrick Lippert, an AIDS activist who died of the disease just months later.[2] In recent years it has been held at the Pacific Design Center and was attended by 650 people in 2009.[3] It is hosted by Elton John and the AIDS Foundation, and is one of the most high-profile parties in the Hollywood film industry, particularly for people of British origin working in Hollywood films or the entertainment industry. The annual party contributes to the foundation fund by its high priced ticket sales which are given by invitation only ($3500 or £2400 as of 2009[3]) and a celebrity auction. The 2010 party raised over $8 million or £4 million.[4]

Elton John has been quoted as saying that 98% of the proceeds of the party go to the foundation.[5]

This party became a point of contention between two Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars, Sutton Stracke and Lisa Rinna, when it was revealed that Stracke provided Rinna with a ticket when Stracke bought a table and never received a thank you from Rinna.[6]



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  17. ^ "Ed Sheeran to Perform at Elton John's Oscar Party - Music News - ABC News Radio".[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish Raised Just over $5.8 Million for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS" (Press release).
  19. ^ "Oscars 2016: Elton John's Viewing Party Raises $6.2M for AIDS Foundation". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents Its 26th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Sponsored by BVLGARI" (Press release).
  21. ^ "Miley Cyrus, Heidi Klum Support Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party". 5 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Elton John Recruits the Killers and IMDb for Annual Oscar Party". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Fresh off Elton John's Win, Here Are 6 Highlights from His AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Elton John Oscar Party Goes Virtual with Dua Lipa Performing, Neil Patrick Harris as Co-Host". 22 March 2021.

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