Elton John's annual Oscar viewing party gets underway this Sunday, February 24 at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, and the A-list guests can look forward to an evening of great food, great music and raising money for a great cause: Elton's AIDS Foundation.
While watching a live telecast of the 85th Annual Academy Awards on ABC, guests will chow down on a sumptuous menu prepared by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Among the dishes they'll enjoy, according to the Los Angeles Times: chilled Dungeness crab, beef short ribs, roasted red snapper with jasmine fruit rice, roasted beet and goat cheese salad, grilled cheese sandwiches, Gorgonzola mac 'n' cheese, BBQ chicken bites, lobster-stuffed deviled eggs and sticky toffee sweet pudding cake.
After the telecast, a live auction will take place featuring luxury goods and one-of-a-kind celebrity experiences, with proceeds going to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Then, rising British singer Emeli Sandé will take the stage for a special performance, and a deejay will keep the music going all night.
The co-chairs for the event this year include Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Sharon Stone and other big names. Elton and his partner David Furnish will, of course, host the party, and the Britsh paper The Telegraph reports that their sons Zachary and newborn Elijah will make guest appearances. The paper quotes David as saying, "We'll make sure the boys are home at six thirty in time for their bath time and their bedtime story because we don't like to disrupt the schedule."
The annual event has raised nearly 34 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation through the years.
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