Elton John commemorates 25 years of AIDS foundation

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Denise Truscello Elton John will conclude his “Million Dollar Piano” residency at the Colosseum in the spring of 2018.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017|1 a.m.

New York City– A teary and emotional Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his HELP foundation with a gala in New York City, raising about $4.4 million and telling the audience that they would end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

John’s efforts to raise awareness and fight against AIDS were lauded by former U.S. President Expense Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Aretha Franklin, who closed the event with a collection of songs.

John grew teary-eyed onstage after Jeanne White– the mother of Ryan White, an Indiana teen who ended up being the poster child for HIV awareness during the 1980s AIDS crisis– spoke passionately about how John visited her kid while he was sick and helped her family economically. She called John her “guardian angel.”

John stated at the time he visited Ryan White, he “hated himself” which the White household helped him alter for the better.

“What the White household did was light a little candle in my soul,” John stated. “Six months after Ryan died, I got help and I ended up being sober.”

The 70-year-old singer also was in tears at the end of his speech, recalling a birthday party he held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Tuesday’s occasion took place, and hanging out with his late friend, writer Ingrid Sischy.

“She was my sis. I don’t have her anymore. I have her inside of me. And I miss her so much,” he said of Sischy, who died of breast cancer in 2015. “I just want she was here to see this.”

The Elton John AIDS Structure introduced in 1992 in the United States and in the United Kingdom a year later on. The two organizations have raised more than $385 million ever since, and John stated 98 percent of what is raised is used to help others.

“The life that Elton John and David (Furnish) have built, the buddies they have and the work they do will in the end be the most lovely tune he ever wrote,” Clinton stated.

“A Long-lasting Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation” was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and participants consisted of vocalists Billy Joel, Sting, Sheryl Crow and Maxwell, and actresses Glenn Close and Susan Lucci. The occasion raised more than $700,000 in a live auction. A visit to a taping of the TV series “Will & & Grace” and a meet-and-greet with the cast went for $45,000; a Bvlgari necklace sold for $70,000; and tickets to “Saturday Night Live” chose $55,000.

Alec Baldwin appeared onstage prior to the “SNL” tickets were auctioned, going into character as Clinton then President Donald Trump. He made loud laughs from the audience.

Franklin, who plans to retire quickly, closed the three-hour-plus event with tunes like “I State a Little Prayer” and “Highway.” John called her “the best singer of all time.”

Other entertainers consisted of Grammy-winning musicians Joshua Bell and Heather Headley, who has actually likewise won a Tony Award.

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