LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) announced it will host its The Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS: VIRTUAL broadcast on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.

The one-hour broadcast event will be filled with friends of Taylor and her namesake foundation with messages to remember her courage and to celebrate the accomplishments in the care for people living with or at risk for HIV. The entire evening will reflect Taylor’s vision of an AIDS-free world, with messages about the nearly 40-year fight against AIDS, a performance by music icon Vanessa Williams and an auction in partnership with Christie’s.

Supermodel-turned-super-mogul Kathy Ireland, ETAF ambassador, will serve as host for the broadcast.

Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson will present the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award to Gilead Sciences, Inc. for their global leadership in HIV treatment and prevention. “Through their innovation and medical advances, countless lives are being saved, and many more people have avoided contracting HIV,” the organization said.

With an optional VIP Pre-Show event hosted by efashion designer and cookbook author, Zac Posen, this one-hour event will provide a time for the community to reflect on its achievements and the work yet to be done.

The host committee includes President Bill Clinton, Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Christine Chiu, Colin Farrell, Aileen Getty, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Ireland, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, the Johnsons, Elizabeth Segerstrom and Barbra Streisand.

Additionally, the benefit committee includes Angela Bassett, Dame Joan Collins, Alexandra Daddario, Posen, and Williams among others.

The evening event will be supported by Presenting Sponsor Gilead Sciences Inc. and Diamond Sponsor BVLGARI. Also sponsoring the event is American Airlines.

To purchase tickets, visit ETAF.org/ETBallVirtual.

info: elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org/etball.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.