February 27, 2013
Elton John's latest Oscar party on February 24 raised an impressive $6 million for AIDS research this year. The annual event has brought in a total of more than $300 million in funds throughout the last 21 years and is considered to be a popular celebrity event. John encouraged attendees to practice activism, declaring it was " ... needed now more than ever if we are to achieve the promise of an AIDS-free generation ... And I promise you that we'll keep on fighting until the politics and bureaucracies yield to reason and justice." Items auctioned during the party included a five-day stay at Steven Tyler's Hawaiian retreat for $250,000 and four private performances from John at $250,000 each.