The amfAR Inspiration Gala

The fight against AIDS slipped on a pair of heels and walked down to Milk Studios LA on Thursday to honor its most inspiring supporters during the amfAR Inspiration Gala. Chelsea Handler played host to a celeb-packed crowd that honored Aileen Getty, Goldie Hawn and the Hugo Boss Group for their outstanding humanitarian efforts and tireless battle against AIDS.

More than 20 years ago, Aileen Getty revealed that she was HIV positive and diagnosed with AIDS. Instead of succumbing to fear, she has dedicated her life to combating the stigma surrounding AIDS and those who have it. One of her many projects includes the Dallas House, which offers shelter for women with AIDS.

Actress Goldie Hawn has been an instrumental force in amfAR’s ongoing efforts to raise funding for research into AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Recently she helped raise $600,000 in the inaugural Inspiration Gala in Rio de Janiero.

Though the night was reserved for an important cause, nothing could stop Handler from getting in a few digs at honored guests such as Kenneth Cole and Sharon Stone, who put her own spin on the night’s auction by offering to kiss bidders willing to up their giving. Then Grace Jones, the model/singer/best thing about A View To Kill, threw down a hula-hooped performance to close out the night with a stilettoed flourish.

Photography by Douglas Neil

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