This weekend fans and admirers mourn the passing of legendary Actor, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. An entertainer, businesswoman and activist, Taylor in the 1980's stepped out of the perceived glitz and glamour of Hollywood and into the murk and taboo of death, illness and bigotry brought about by the AIDS epidemic. She fought tirelessly raising funds to help combat the virus and educating the public on the importance of accepting patients stricken with the disease. Then in 1991 Taylor founded, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raises money for HIV/AIDS service organizations around the world.
Taylor's mentee, friend and fellow philanthropist, Kathy Ireland has also made helping others a priority. Ireland battles for causes like, HIV/AIDS, ending poverty and hunger, the health of mothers and children, gender equality, the environment. On the evening we spoke with her, she was becoming the first recipient of the Design For Life award from Gift For Life (GFL). Gift For Life and DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, are charity partners. Read more »