AIDS PROJECT L.A. GALA DELAYED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Byline: Kristin Young

LOS ANGELES — What was gearing up to be one of the more swank galas of the year — this year’s AIDS Project Los Angeles event set for Nov. 2 — has been postponed until next year.
The APLA event featuring Badgley Mischka that was to be held at the Paramount Studios here was put off because there was not an adequate amount of sponsorship to go forward with the event, according to a representative at the New York-based design house.
No date for next year’s event has been set.
Other than the date, plans for the event will continue much as before, said the spokeswoman.
“We still want to do this,” she said, noting the corporate sponsors that were already secured will participate in next year’s event.
“But there wasn’t enough [corporate sponsorship] finalized in time to fund the kind of event we really wanted to put on and to raise the kind of money we wanted to raise for APLA.”
She declined to reveal what sponsors were already on board.
Paramount head Sherry Lansing will continue to co-chair the event along with Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks SKG and Universal’s Ron Meyer. The executive committee includes Heather Graham, Melanie Griffith, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Preston, Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

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