amfAR Presents A Gala for Our Time

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, will livestream for the first time its annual fundraising event, A Gala for Our Time. The event is free, but, of course, donations to amfAR will be accepted as the Gala is a fundraiser for the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19. A group of amfAR Trustees has generously offered to match all donations to the Gala up to a total of $100,000, so attendees are encouraged to give generously!

Glenn Close will be presented with the amfAR Award of Courage. Each year amfAR presents its Award of Courage to extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to important social and humanitarian causes, particularly to amfAR and the global HIV/AIDS response. Previous recipients of the award include President Bill Clinton, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, and Scarlett Johansson, among many others.  Dr. Anthony Fauci will also receive the award this year. Photo courtesy amfAR

The celebrity-rich event will honor Glenn Close and Anthony S. Fauci, MD, with the amfAR Award of Courage for their exceptional contributions to improving and en-riching our lives. Presenters will include Julia Roberts and the Divine Miss Bette Midler, and the equally divine Billy Porter, a newly elected amfAR trustee, will also participate. Attendees will be treated to performances by Kelly Clarkson, Ava Max, and Rita Ora. Special guests will include Olly Alexander (It’s a Sin), Boy George, Magic Johnson, Chelsea Handler, and Nathan Lane, among others.

In a press release, amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost said, “I hope you can join us for A Gala for Our Time! It’s shaping up to be a festive, highly entertaining and informa-tive evening. This virtual gala has the advantage of being free and open to guests from any location. So we hope to extend a warm welcome to you, wherever you happen to be.”

On the impact of the Gala, Mr. Frost continued, “As the coronavirus continues to ravage the nation and the world, we are intensifying our efforts to develop safe and ef-fective treatments through the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19. Proceeds from the gala will support the fund and accelerate this critical work. It is our hope that we can soon turn the tide on COVID-19 and return to focusing exclusively on a cure for the 38 million people living with HIV. Until then, stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your support.”

About amfAR 

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $575 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.

A Gala for Our Time can be viewed on free livestream, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. PST) on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.