On a rainy Manhattan Monday (Nov. 5) evening, Elton John, his husband David Furnish and a slew of celebrities and philanthropists gathered in the elegant Cipriani 42nd Street for the annual gala to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The evening, entitled An Enduring Vision, raised $3.9 million for the EJAF, thanks in part to an auction that saw a signed Tony Bennett painting go for $100,000 and a photo of Elton from the iconoclast David LaChapelle fetch $87,000.

While Sheryl Crow was the musical guest for the fall 2018 gala, Elton couldn’t help but open his comments by paying homage to last year’s musical performer, Aretha Franklin.

“We witnessed the final performance of the Queen of Soul,” John said. “You don’t see greatness like that often.”

Source : Billboard