Stars align for Final M∙A∙C Viva Glam Fashion Cares: Elton John and friends celebrate fashion event of the season with Scissors Sisters, Janelle MonŠe, Sky Ferreira and Hosts Linda Evangelista and Dean & Dan Caten of DSQUARED2

M∙A∙C Viva Glam Fashion Cares Chairs Michael King and David Furnish are delighted to announce that Scissor Sisters, Janelle MonŠe and Sky Ferreira will join Elton John to perform at Fashion Cares 25. Taking place in Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, September 9, 2012, the evening will be hosted by fashion icon Linda Evangelista and celebrated designers Dean & Dan Caten of DSQUARED2.

The list of renowned Canadian talent who will take part in the event’s dazzling grand finale has been confirmed as Molly Johnson, Billy Newton Davis, Carole Pope, Jarvis Church, Jully Black, Kreesha Turner, Keshia Chantť, Elise Legrow, RyanDan, Anjulie, and Shawn Desman.

This spectacular evening of music and entertainment will also feature a number of extravagant runway presentations. Vivienne Westwood, Greta Constantine, Pink Tartan, Gareth Pugh, Manish Aurora and DSQUARED2 are among the glittering roster of twenty-five local and international designers showcasing their work. Guests will also be treated to a quarter century retrospective that highlights the glamorous event’s most show-stopping looks. As well, a striking selection from the costume archives of Elton John will be on display.

Tickets for the gala may be purchased through Ticketmaster and are tax deductible. Proceeds from the event will benefit Canadian HIV/AIDs foundations nationwide as distributed through the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) as well as the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). All ticket purchases make a substantial contribution to the efforts of ACT and EJAF and are eligible for a tax receipt:

$1,500 ticket = $1,000 tax receipt
$1,000 ticket = $750 tax receipt
$500 ticket = $325 tax receipt

Confirmed talent: Elton John

Hosted by: Dean & Dan Caten and Linda Evangelista

With special appearances by: Aleesia, Anjulie, Jully Black, Diamond Rings, Divine Brown, Keshia Chantť, Jarvis Church, Shawn Desman, Sky Ferreira, Molly Johnson, Elise Legrow, Midway State, Mia Martina, Stephan Moccio, Janelle MonŠe, Billy Newton Davis, Carole Pope, Serena Ryder, Scissors Sisters, Kreesha Turner

Featured fashion designers: Comrags, David Dixon, DSquared2, Elie Saab, Farley Chatto, Gareth Pugh, Greta Constantine, Hoax Couture, Izzy Camilleri, Joeffer Caoc, Manish Aurora, Marty Rotman, Mercy, Pat McDonagh, Pink Tartan, Sandra Rabasca, Stephane Rollande, Susan Dicks, The Blondes, Valencienne, Welly

About Fashion Cares
A critical, artistic and financial success since it’s inception in 1987, Fashion Cares builds awareness of HIV/AIDS while raising funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). Combining local and international fashion talent with the design and business communities, this always sold out, media and celebrity studded evening caps elegant cocktails and cuisine with a rousing auction, a theatrical runway event, and an entertainment spectacle. With a 22-year attendance record of over 50 thousand guests and volunteers, Fashion Cares has netted profits of nearly $12 million dollars to date. For Fashion Cares 25 updates, see www.fashioncares.com or www.facebook.com/FashionCares25

About The M∑A∑C AIDS Fund
The M∑A∑C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M∑A∑C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised nearly $250 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M∑A∑C’s VIVA GLAM lip products donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information visit http://www.macaidsfund.org

About Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a non-profit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $275 million for programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is one of the world's leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The U.S. organization’s current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention programs throughout the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean; HIV prevention and care services for highly marginalized and vulnerable populations; and HIV/AIDS prevention education and the promotion of sexual health for adolescents. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
Since 1983 ACT has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves.

ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.