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Elton John AIDS Foundation Receives $1 Million Donation From AEG Chair
There's a lot of focus on Elton John these days — the upcoming GRAMMY Salute in the GRAMMY winner's honor airing April 10, a pair of tribute albums, a Q-Tip/Demi Lovato remix of a John classic, and of course, the news of his final 2019 tour. The latest news, however, puts his Elton John AIDS Foundation in the limelight.
On March 20 it was announced that Anschutz Entertainment Group chairman Phil Anschutz donated $1 million to the foundation's LGBT Fund, which provides resources to vulnerable LGBT populations around the globe, including much-needed HIV testing and other life-saving services.
The $10 million public-private fund is a partnership with the U.S. Government's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief initiative, and has helped nearly 23,000 people in over 20 countries. Anschutz's latest donation will go a long way in helping to secure to well-being of even more LGBT people.
"The donation by Phil to EJAF is in keeping with the special connection and consistently supportive, collaborative relationship I have developed with AEG for more than a decade," John said in a statement, according to Variety. "We will put his donation to work to ensure that vulnerable groups are not left behind in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This funding will help our programs provide life-saving work for LGBT communities around the world, starting with the LGBT Fund in Sub-Saharan Africa."