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Posted: 2018-12-05 15:30:00

Robin Wright, Karolina Kurkova, Jay Ellis and Mia Maestro were among the notables who attended amfAR's Inaugural Charity Poker Tournament on Saturday, November 17 at the private residence of Event Chairs Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco.

Guests were invited to buy-in to the tournament for a chance to play with professional poker players Antonio Esfandiari, Scott Blumstein and Jeff Gross while raising funds for amfAR, an organization dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. The black-tie gala included the tournament, live auction, a special performance by esteemed singer/songwriter CeeLo Green and comedy and magic by Netflix Star Justin Willman. The event also featured Perrier-Jouët Champagne and signature Absolut Elyx vodka cocktails.

Notable attendees also included Vanessa and Billy Getty, Ken Fulk, Tolan and Tyler Florence, Shannon and Peter Getty, Tatum Getty, Ali Sonsini, Malin Giddings, Archie Drury, Nina Senicar, Gerhard Gulewicz, Dr. Mervyn and Deborah Silverman, Dr. Ray Schinazi and Nadira Mansour and more.

During a mid-event break from the tournament, celebrated actress, philanthropist and event host Robin Wright welcomed guests and spoke to the impact their support would make in potentially ending the AIDS epidemic. Wright then introduced Dr. Paul Volberding, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute and Director of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research.

Vanessa Getty endearingly introduced her cousin, Aileen Getty, who spoke remotely to the crowd about her personal experience fighting health complications as a result of being HIV positive, and the importance of funding research.

Supermodel Karolina Kurkova introduced auctioneer Gabriel Butu-Boyle who then conducted an exciting live auction with the following items up for bid:
* Never before published photos of singer/songwriter, producer and fashion designer, Pharell Williams, photographed by celebrity photographer Robert Astley-Spark.

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