mothers2mothers (m2m) and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) joined forces last night at a star-studded event that raised money for their work to eliminate paediatric AIDS and increase access to healthcare for families in sub-Saharan Africa. m2m and ETAF have been partners since 2015, working together in Malawi.
The intimate event, which took place at the historic Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills, California, was co-hosted by actress and model Paris Jackson, designer Zac Posen, and investor and philanthropist Ron Burkle. Posen generously gifted his birthday party to the fundraiser, and the night began with a specially curated menu from Posen’s new cookbook: Cooking with Zac. James Corden added his inimitable brand of fun and humor to set up the night. Other notable guests in attendance included Heidi Klum, John Stamos, Josh Peck, Prince Jackson, Simon Fuller, longtime m2m supporters Debbie and Glen Bickerstaff, and Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren.
Following dinner, m2m Co-founder Robin Smalley introduced South African Mentor Mother Irene Nkosi, who told the audience about the challenges she faced after she tested HIV positive, saying at the time she felt that “no one loved me, not even God.” She went on to explain how her job at m2m helped bring back her self-esteem and confidence and that she is now helping other women do the same. “Since our health clinics are understaffed, my role as a Mentor Mother is to educate and support mothers and their families to test for HIV, make sure they understand the importance of their treatment, and help everyone in the household get the medical attention they need,” she said.
Following Irene, ETAF’s Ambassador Paris Jackson talked about her recent trip to Malawi, which included a visit to one of m2m’s sites that receives funding from ETAF. “I was lucky to see first hand what m2m does and it is so beautiful,” she said.
Next, comedian Whitney Cummings donned a game show hat and auctioned off four first-class mystery trips courtesy of sponsor Delta Air Lines. Other sponsors of the evening were The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation and the Bickerstaff Family Foundation.
The evening culminated with an acoustic performance by longtime m2m supporter and legendary musician, Annie Lennox.
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