The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) announced Tuesday that NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson and entrepreneur Cookie Johnson will be honored at this year’s Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS on September 21 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Both Magic and Cookie Johnson are presented with the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Awards at the ball.
Paris Jackson and Christine Chiu are serving as co-chairs of this year’s gala. The event will be attended by 270 guests who will be entertained by a live auction in collaboration with Chiu, presenting a range of art/luxury experiences, a live performance and an exclusive look at objects from the Elizabeth Taylor archive.
“We loved Elizabeth Taylor’s passion, her activism and the work we’ve done together to fight HIV and AIDS,” said Magic and Cookie Johnson. “Since we began this journey in the early 1990’s, we have dedicated our lives to raising awareness and funding programs to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS. We would like to thank the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for recognizing our commitment to an AIDS-free world by presenting us with the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award at this year’s gala. While there is still work to be done, we appreciate the recognition and look forward to continuing to serve those who need it most.”
The Magic Johnson Foundation’s (MJF) I Stand With Magic program ran from 2006-2009 and provided free HIV/AIDS testing to approximately 80,000 Americans in 16 different cities. The program served as an educational tool to educate citizens about HIV, the risk factors associated with it, and the importance of testing.
“The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is grateful to Earvin ‘Magic’ and Cookie Johnson for agreeing to be honored with the Elizabeth Taylor Commitment to End AIDS Award at this year’s gala,” said Catherine Brown, executive director of Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “The Johnsons’ courage, compassion and empathy have resulted in a tremendous positive impact on people living with HIV and AIDS over the past 30 years.”
Shelly Johnson is elected President of the American Society of Cinematographers
The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has elected Shelly Johnson as the organization’s 47th President.
In addition, Vice Presidents Charlie Lieberman, John Simmons and Patti Lee; Treasurer Charles Minsky; secretary Dejan Georgevich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Chris Chomyn join the ASC’s new officer roster.
Johnson is acclaimed as an Art Center College of Design graduate who has worked on various television and film projects including the 1997 retelling of Stephen King’s The Shining. Johnson also worked on other feature films such as Jurassic Park III, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Wolfman, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Greyhound.
“The collaborative spirit of the ASC will continue with an ongoing focus on industry education, mentoring and diversity outreach,” Johnson said. “Our members embrace new technologies and look forward to developing the latest tools to facilitate the creation of images that resonate with audiences. Our doors are open and we welcome all artistic and technical minds who dare to expand meaningful storytelling.”
The ASC is a non-profit organization that “inspires the next generation of cinematographers and advances the art of filmmaking through numerous industry events and initiatives.”
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