The Elton John AIDS Foundation‘s 23rd annual Academy Awards viewing party raised $5.8 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS, it was announced Monday.

The gala, which took place Sunday at West Hollywood Park, was hosted by the singer and his husband, David Furnish.

Attendees included Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus, Alec Baldwin, Tim Allen, John Stamos, Rob Lowe, Jane Seymour, Russell Simmons, Julianne Hough, Peter Fonda, Eric McCormack, Giovani Ribisi, and Jack, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne.

Guests feasted on a five-course meal prepared by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and bid on auction items that included a five-day stay for four people at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat and two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscar party later that night.

Grammy winner Nile Rodgers, co-founder of Chic, performed several of the band’s disco hits, including “Le Freak,” “We Are Family” and “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa).”

Guests were urged to make gifts to the foundation on the spot, using their cell phones. Throughout the evening, video messages from longtime EJAF supporters Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Lauer, as well as live messages from Alec Baldwin and Mike Myers, encouraged guests to text in pledges.

“What we’re able to do in just one evening continues to amaze me,” Elton John told attendees. “Together, we’re making real progress against this epidemic by helping one person, one community, at a time. And it is not at all unrealistic to think that together we can end AIDS in our lifetime.”

— City News Service

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