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Liz Taylor hosts AIDS benefit

September 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Wednesday night, Eyewitness News reported on a promising new vaccine to fight AIDS. Thursday night, the stars came out for the nation's premiere HIV fundraiser, a glittering gala and fashion show hosted by the legendary Elizabeth Taylor.Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Stone once again amped up the star power at the annual Macy's Passport fashion show. Taylor made a brief appearance on stage, hoping to make a long-lasting impression.

"I did just want to say one thing: As my beloved friend Michael said, 'We are the world,'" said Liz Taylor onstage Thursday night. "And it is up to us, it's our responsibility to take care of those who are sick and dying."

Taylor's speech, mentioning her late friend Michael Jackson, is part of the Macy's Passport fashion show. This affair hopes to raise a million dollars for L.A.'s HIV and AIDS organizations.

Michael's sister La Toya Jackson knows the hard work must go on.

"You have to continue, and I think a good way to continue on my behalf is giving to one of the charities that Michael gave to," said La Toya. "And he gave so dearly and wonderfully to AIDS Project L.A., and I want to continue that."

Another group benefiting from the fashion fun is Project Angel Food.

"We're cooking and delivering 13,000 meals a week," said Margaret Steele, CEO, Project Angel Food. "We don't charge for our meals. It's a real part of our compassion and love, and it's because of events like this that we are able to provide nutritious food."

Sharon Stone took the stage and got others to donate even more money to help the cause.

"We're excited by the news today about the vaccine," said model Kathy Ireland. "We're encouraged. There's hope. But it's not been eradicated."

"It's great to help," said actor Gilles Marini. "If I can help that much, I feel like a million bucks."

"Thank you for coming and I'll see you next year," said Liz Taylor from the stage.

Taylor does not make many public appearances anymore, but she makes this one a priority.

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