Love Heals 2013 Gala Raises
$400,000 To Support AIDS Education
Jean Shafiroff

Sonja Tremont-Morgan

Sade Baderinwa

Jean Shafiroff And Julian Niccolini

Alexandra Lebenthal

Amy Sacco

Cheyenne Jackson

Matthew Settle

Kelly Rutherford

Mary Alice Stephenson

Dana Auslander

Hannah Bronfman

Thursday evening, March 7th, Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education raised $400,000 at their gala event at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan. All proceeds from the evening directly support Love Heals’ efforts to protect the next generation of New Yorkers from HIV. The evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and program at which Dana Auslander, Richard Farley and Mary Alice Stephenson were honored. It was emceed by InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein.

Guests included co-founders, Dini von Mueffling, Stefani Greenfield and Victoria Leacock Hoffman, actors Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle, actor & dj Eric West, Top Model Keenyah Hill, Real Housewife of New York Sonja Morgan, WABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa, CNN’s Felicia Taylor, Bloomberg’s Matt Miller, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Hannah Bronfman, Alexandra Lebenthal, Coralie Charriol Paul, Lucy Sykes & Euan Rellie, Amy Sacco, Ann Caruso, Avis Richards, Federico Pratesi of the luxury linen brand Pratesi, jewelry designers Landon Slane and Alexis Bittar, , clothing designer Susan Beischel of skin, interior designer Darren Henault, Michael Lorber, Vanessa von Bismark and Jean Shafiroff, among others.

Deepak Chopra (via video) and famed photographer reality show star Nigel Barker presented Stephenson’s award. In a heartfelt speech, Stephenson was moved to tears when talking about the powerful accomplishments of Love Heals over the past 21 years. Senator Chuck Schumer presented Farley’s award via video, and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Nicole Blumberg presented Auslander with her award. Following, award winning singer and actor Cheyenne Jackson enchanted guests with his moving rendition of “What A Wonderful World” and “Auld Lang Syne” as a single song.

AIDS activist by day, and entertainer by night, speaker Jah Love ensured there was not a dry eye in the house with his empowering speech about living with HIV/AIDS and how his personal supporters and Love Heals encouraged him to use his story to advocate for the HIV/AIDS community. Love is currently featured in HIV Stops With Me, a national social marketing campaign seen throughout New York at bus stops and subway stations.

Emcee Hal Rubenstein entertained guests throughout dinner and presided over an exciting auction that included a St. Barth’s vacation with a roundtrip flight for two on a Tradewind Aviation premium scheduled flight, lodging in a luxury villa at Hotel Le Sereno, car rental, complimentary massages and dinners, White & Warren eyemasks, and a $500 intimate apparel package from skin. The bidders went wild when an additional roundtrip flight for two to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard was added mid-auction, netting $20,000 for the prize.

About Love Heals

Founded in 1992 to carry on the work of the late AIDS activist Ali Gertz, Love Heals empowers young people to become leaders by giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves and their communities from HIV. Love Heals’ HIV-positive speakers break down stigma and make the disease real for young people living in communities hardest hit by the epidemic. The leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in New York City public schools, Love Heals has partnered with more than 700 schools and community groups throughout the metropolitan area, educating and empowering nearly 600,000 young people, parents, guardians, educators, and community leaders.