Katy Perry is always giving back to the community, and now the community is returning the favor. Perry will be honored at the amfAR Gala on Oct. 18, as the foundation holds its ninth annual benefit for AIDS research in Los Angeles.
The event will pay tribute to the “California Gurls” singer and to Toms founder Blake Mycoskie — granting both a Courage Award for their “profound commitment to the fight against AIDS, as well as countless other humanitarian causes.” Past honorees include Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus.
In addition to the special award, the Foundation for AIDS Research has also announced an exclusive musical performance by Dame Shirley Bassey following a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. The British singer is best known for her James Bond movie theme songs from the ’60s and ’70s, including “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” which was famously sampled in Kanye West’s 2005 song “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.”
The event will take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Oct. 18.
amfAR was started in 1985 by actress Elizabeth Taylor, and since then, the organization has raised and invested more than $517 million to national and international AIDS research teams.