Goldie Hawn among celebs at Brazil AIDS gala
British model Cara Delevingne poses for photographers as she arrives to a charity dinner for amfAR, a foundation for AIDS research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Supermodel Linda Evangelista, actress Goldie Hawn and designer Kenneth Cole lent their star power to a glitzy charity dinner and auction that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for AIDS research and prevention.
Around 300 people in their evening finest showed up Friday at Rio de Janeiro's stately Copacabana Palace hotel for the $2,500-a-plate black tie gala organized by the international nonprofit organization amfAR. The AIDS research foundation hosts some of the world's most glamorous events, including the annual dinner during the Cannes Film Festival that's become a virtual Who's Who of the movie business.
U.S. actress Goldie Hawn jokes as designer Kenneth Cole accidentally steps on her dress as they arrive to a charity dinner for amfAR, a foundation for AIDS research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
This was the organization's first event in Rio, which is in the midst of its own film festival, and Brazilian celebrities were out in force. In addition to the gaggle of lanky models who towered over the rest of the crowd, there were designers including bikini queen Lenny Niemeyer, socialite Andrea Dellal and her daughter, punky model Alice Dellal, as well as several of the country's top soap opera actresses.
Hawn lavished praise on Rio, calling its residents "so kind and wonderful," and promised to return soon. In the meanwhile, the Academy Award-winning actress exhorted the crowd to bid generously at the auction.