Sheryl Crow will be the headline performer at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's (EJAF) 26th annual ceremony on November 5th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Variety reported CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King will host the event. Among the honorees this year are Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and infamous 1970's kidnap victim and philanthropist Patty Hearst.
Elton John issued a statement about the ongoing battle to eradicate HIV/AIDS from the planet: “At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever, and we remain steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic. We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, what they believe, where they come from, or what they do.”
During his keynote address in 2009 at the Biotechnology Industry Organizations annual convention, Elton John took time out to slam the state and federal government for allowing private organizations like his to foot the bill for AIDS research: “I often have to stop myself and ask 'Why is it left to my foundation and others like it to address this global issue of existential consequence?' The answer in short, is that collectively, the world's governments and industries are too often ignoring reality. And this creates gaps between what governments and industry are doing to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic — and what they should be doing.”
Elton John will next perform on September 15th at Buffalo, New York's KeyBank Center.