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Photo Coverage: The 2009 amfAR Honors

In its eleven years, amfAR's black-tie dinner and gala have honored the likes of Carine Roitfeld, Julian Schnabel, Anna Wintour, Barbara Walters, Tom Hanks, Richard Gere, and many more.

This year, Donna Karan, Liza Liza Minnelli and Howard and Cindy Rachofsky were added to the illustrious list.

The annual gala, which has raised nearly $10 million over the years to support AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy, celebrated the new honorees on February 12 at Cipriani 42nd Street with an unofficial pre-party to New York's Fashion Week.

Karan, Minelli, and the Rachofskys were awarded the amfAR Award of Courage for outstanding leadership and distinguished service in furthering amfAR's mission, and for playing a vital role in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research.

amfAR is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $275 million in support of its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. www.amfar.org

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.