Elton John's Oscar Party Raises 5.9 Million Dollars

The nearly 1,000 invitees to Elton John’s 26th Academy Awards viewing  party raised $5.9 million for the performer’s AIDS Foundation on Sunday  night. The Los Angeles Times reports that attendees were invited  to text in pledges as the Oscar telecast was displayed on multiple  screens throughout the room. A live auction of several artworks and  other items also generated more than $725,000 during the event.  Celebrities in attendance included Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Billie  Jean King, Spike Lee, and Lionel Richie. The Elton John AIDS Foundation  has raised more than $400 million for various programs aimed at fighting  AIDS globally since being founded in 1992.

Source:  LA Times