Actor James Franco and designer Michael
Kors will be honored at amfAR's Tuesday, June 14 fundraiser in New
At the group's The
Inspiration Gala New York – Black Tie/Hot Metal, Franco, 33,
will be presented with the Piaget Award of Inspiration and Kors, 51,
with the Award of Courage.
The 7PM event at the Museum of Modern
Art will include a special performance by the legendary Liza
The late screen icon Elizabeth Taylor
helped create amfAR. She became a leading advocate for AIDS research
after the 1985 death of actor Rock Hudson from AIDS complications at
the age of 59. Through her support, amfAR became one of the world's
leading non-profits dedicated to ending the disease. Taylor left the
bulk of her estate – worth at least $600 million – to two AIDS
charities, amfAR and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Designer Kenneth Cole currently serves
as amfAR's board chair.
(A video produced by amfAR featuring
past honorees, attendees and performers – including Courtney Love,
Cyndi Lauper, Ricky Martin, Brad Goreski, Sharon Stone and Kylie
Minogue – is embedded in the right panel of this page.)