LOVE HEALS, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS 20th Anniversary Gala - Sunday, 11/20/2011 9:03 PM
On, Thursday, November 9th, Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, raised over $675,000 at its 20th anniversary gala event at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. The evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and program at which Julianna Margulies, Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Michael Lorber were honored. The evening was emceed by "InStyle" Editor Hal Rubenstein.
and Dini von Mueffling
We spoke with Rubenstein during the cocktail hour and he shared how he became involved in the cause. "What brought me here is the ongoing surge of HIV and AIDS. It's been going on for 30 years and, unfortunately, I think people have gotten a little bit complacent and a little bit careless in thinking about AIDS because now there are some kinds of treatments, but there is no cure. As long as there is no cure, people will still get ill. The best way to prevent AIDS and HIV is with knowledge and education and that's what Love Heals does."
Image #39: Alan Cumming
Other guests included "The Good Wife" actors Josh Charles, Alan Cumming and Christine Baranski, as well as producer Brooke Kennedy, Emily Mortimer, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Donny Deutsch, Chris Cuomo, CBS News’ Erin Moriarty, Faith Kates Kogan, Dr. Patricia Wexler, Alexandra Lebenthal, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Coralie Charriol Paul and Dennis Paul, Jeff Mahshie, Jean Shafiroff, Howard Lorber, Susie Gilder Hayes and Ed Hayes, Patricia Duff, Adam Lippes, Jennifer Miller, Jill Martin and Debbie Bancroft. Alison Gertz’ parents, Carol and Jerrold Gertz, also attended.
Fellow actor and friend, Alan Cumming, presented Margulies’ award. In a heart-felt speech, she praised Love Heals co-founders, Dini von Mueffling, Stefani Greenfield and Victoria Leacock Hoffman, for following through on their pledge to their best friend Alison Gertz as she drew her last breaths in 1992 to keep her AIDS education work going. Margulies was moved to tears as she described how rare it was for young people to follow through on a vow and that the trio had educated over a half million young people about HIV/AIDS since then.
Cristina Greeven Cuomo
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Actress Emily Mortimer took to the stage to introduce and present Cristina Greeven Cuomo’s award. Emcee Hal Rubenstein entertained guests throughout dinner. Rubenstein presided over an exciting auction that included the opportunity to win a ‘walk-on’ role on the Emmy award winning television show, "The Good Wife". When Julianna Margulies suddenly arose from her seat and offered to share her dressing room with the lucky winner, the bidders went wild, netting$10,000 for the prize.
For those who had not yet shed a tear, Broadway stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Anthony Rapp, from the original cast of "Rent ", made certain that there was not a dry eye in the room as they reunited to perform the evening’s finale, an emotional rendition of “Seasons of Love”.