Goldberg, Beyoncé, Allen, Gere and More to Appear in amfAR Benefit

News   Goldberg, Beyoncé, Allen, Gere and More to Appear in amfAR Benefit Whoopi Goldberg will be among the honorees, and Beyoncé Knowles, Natasha Richardson, Richard Gere and Woody Allen will be among the presenters at a benefit for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Jan. 31 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

The benefit also honors Bill Roedy, the vice chairman of MTV Networks, and John Demsey, the chairman of the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, and will include special tributes to Sharon Stone, amfAR’s chairman of the Campaign for AIDS Research, and Dr. Mathilde Krim, amfAR's founding chairman.

Goldberg has starred on Broadway in self-titled one-woman shows in 1984 and 2004, and in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She was a producer of Ma Rainey and won a Tony Award for producing Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Richardson has appeared on Broadway in Closer, A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), Cabaret (Tony Award) and Anne Christie (Tony nomination).

Allen, in addition to his films, has written plays such as Play It Again, Sam; The Floating Light Bulb; A Second Hand Memory; and Writer's Block.

Beyoncé stars in the new film version of the musical "Dreamgirls." Gere starred in the film version of the musical "Chicago," among other films. AmfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is a nonprofit organization that supports AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.

Cipriani 42nd Street is located at 110 East 42nd Street in Manhattan. For more information visit www.amfar.org.