LOS ANGELES — Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a no-show, but the absence of ol’ violet eyes, as well as other celebrities, didn’t affect the fund-raising at the five-day Macy’s and American Express Passport 2002 Fashion and Compassion event, which ended here last Saturday.

Organizers call it one of the most lucrative events since the AIDS/HIV fund-raiser and fashion gala was founded 20 years ago. Close to $2 million was raised for research, according to Macy’s officials, with attendance reaching 14,000 over the five nights — three in San Francisco and two in Los Angeles.

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