Miguel Bosé's AIDS Gala Takes in Over a Million Euros

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Miguel Bosé performs during the RiseUp As One concert at the Cross Border Xpress grounds in Otay Mesa, Calif. on Oct. 15, 2016. 

Spanish pop icon organized record-setting charity event in Madrid.

Miguel Bosé’s Gala SIDA has taken in over a million euros to benefit AIDS research, a record setting amount for one of Spain’s most celebrated charity events.

The event, which brought some 700 people, including music artists, actors and soccer players and politicians for a dinner at Madrid’s Crystal Palace, marked the seventh time the gala has been organized by Bosé together with Barcelona’s Fundación Lucha Contra el Sida  (Fight Against AIDS Foundation).

This year’s Gala SIDA took place on Nov. 21, in advance of today’s (Dec. 1) World AIDS day.

“Although the fight against AIDS has advanced there is still so much to do,” Bosé Tweeted. “Each day, 2,100 young people are infected with the AIDS virus. It is the second cause of death among teens around the world."

Bosé, one of Spain’s best known personalities, and one of Latin music's most philanthropic artists, released an MTV Unplugged album in October. He recently was awarded Spanish radio’s prestigious Ondas prize for lifetime achievement.

Bosé will kick of a tour in Mexico in February 2017.