SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Macy’s & American Express Passport, the five-night charity events in San Francisco and Los Angeles, raised $1.5 million for HIV/AIDS research, the retailer said Friday. The sum adds to the $17 million Passport has raised in the past 21 years in its effort to combat the epidemic.

Robert Mettler, chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based department store chain, said he has a personal as well as a professional commitment to the cause: “I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years in the design world and in San Francisco.”

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