On Saturday October 29th 2005, The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation hosted its 12th Annual Dream Halloween® Fundraiser at the Barker Hangar in the Santa Monica Air Center. This fun filled event not only provided lots of smiles, it generated over $1 million for children impacted by AIDS.
The event was hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis (appropriately enough of horror franchise Halloween fame). She presented Rob Reiner the CAAF Ribbon of Dreams® Award in the Children's Advocate Category.
Hilary Duff was presented a one-of-a-kind Mattel, Inc. doll in her likeness, which was then auctioned off for $24,000.
Marlee Matlin kicked off the auction, which also featured a Mattel, Inc. one-of-a-kind Polly Pocket™ doll of both Dakota and Elle Fanning. These were auctioned off together for $14,000.
The auction raised a total of $86,000 for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Doris Roberts also attended and served as Honorary Vice Chair. Other attendees included baseball slugger Barry Bonds and actress Holly Robinson Peete.
Donning costumes for the event were Jamie Lee as a magician's assistant, Marlee Matlin and son as Mary Poppins and chimney sweep, Dakota Fanning as Scarlet O'Hara, and Elle Fanning, also as Mary Poppins.
The Children Affected by Aids Foundation was launched in Los Angeles in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive whose desire to help children was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he disclosed his own HIV+ status. Since then, the Foundation has grown and grown.
CAAF is the only organization solely devoted to providing social, educational, recreational and other critical support programs to vulnerable children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and other countries.
While other pediatric AIDS organizations search for the cure, CAAF is dedicated to caring for children who are infected or affected by this epidemic now.
For more information, please do check out this great organization's website at www.caaf4kids.org.