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Elton John AIDS Foundation's 20th Oscar Party Rocks!
It was a celeb and fashionista smorgasbord at Elton John's 20th Oscar Viewing Party and Gala. That's Sir Elton John who has done a fabulous job raising awareness and education about AIDS. This Oscar party held in Hollywood Park in Los Angeles was no exception.
First the guest list. There were a few handsome 'vampires' including Peter Facinelli and Ian Somerhalder, a bevy of beauties including Katy Perry in Blumarine (she was hanging with David Furnish and Elton John's adorable 1 year old boy Zachary), Dita Von Teese in Jenny Packham, Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka, and new 'it girl,' drummer, singer and songwriter Lena Zawaideh in Baracci.
That's Baracci of Beverly Hills, renown for their custom fabrics, fittings and femme fatale wow factors.
Also there were Tanya and Charles Brandes (they are major sponsors), May Zawaideh (also a major sponsor), Paula Patton in Naeem Khan with her husband Robin Thicke, Joy Bancroft of Rancho Santa Fe (she was mistaken for one of the Real Housewives gals), Miley Cirus with her boyfriend actor Liam Hemsworth, actress Michelle Rodriguez, Rockin' Idol judge Steven Tyler and his fiancee Erin Brady, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Adam Levine, Chace Crawford, Gwen Stefani in Zuhair Murad, Danica McKellar, and then there was Sports Illustrated cover girl Irina Shayk.
Irina wore a beautiful one shouldered white column... a bit of a change up from the side revealing gown by Abed Mahfouz that she wore earlier.
But most importantly, this event was about a cause dear to Sir Elton John's heart. The purpose of his Elton John AIDS Foundation is raise money to improve awareness and remove the stigma regarding those who have AIDS.
And raise money they have. $225 million to date. Actually make that plus $5.2 million and counting from this year's Oscar viewing party. With auction items like a tennis lesson with 10 time Grand Slam tennis champ Rafael Nadal, that went for a cool $190,000 .... twice!... Vanity Fair kicked in 2 tickets to their party which went for $230,000, and Katy Perry bidding fervently, and winning quite a few items... blue hair and all she helped raise a lot of green.
And more money will be rolling in from the proceeds of Elton John's about to be released book Love is the Cure.
And the Oscar goes to....
To learn more about this event's purpose, please visit Elton John AIDS Foundation.
On her way, Lena Zawaideh whose focus is music and supporting great causes like the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Joy Bancroft and Lena Zawaideh about to make their entrance
On the 'White Carpet'
The Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl with fellow drummer Lena Zawaideh, and rock star Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Lena Zawaideh with uber Vampire, Ian Somerhalder
Katy Perry with Lena Zawaideh
Lena Zawaideh with Smokey Robinson
David Furnish and Sir Elton John greeting guests
Adam Lambert with Lena Zawaideh and friend
Hollywood Park Setting
Lena Zawaideh with Lance Bass of N'SYNC on the right
Lena Zawaideh with Matthew Morrison from the show Glee and Renee Puente in her favorite EJAF dress
Peter Facinelli hiding his 'vampire' famous teeth with Lena Zawaideh
Bravo to all of those who support this cause!
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This just in from Tina Real on the Oscar's " My sister's daughter-in-law Erin worked on "The Artist" as a buyer for her dad Bob Gould who was nominated for an Oscar (set decorator). They had a lot of fun at the parties."
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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor and co-owner of The Social Diary.
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