On 29 october, 2011, for the fith year in succession, Grey Goose partnered with THE ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION for an evening of exceptional taste.
Hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish, the Grey Goose Winter Ball 2011 featured a ground-breaking menu by elBulli alongside creative collaborations with Christian Louboutin, Marc Quinn and Jonathan Saunders.
Guests included Dame Shirley Bassey, David Walliams, Olivia Inge, Ruby Wax, Graham Norton, Tamara Ecclestone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tali Lennox, Joe Jonas, Jaime Winstone, Alexandra Burke, Liberty Ross, Gizzi Erskine, Dinos Chapman, Giles Deacon, Johnny Vaughan, Duncan James and Lee Ryan, Harriet Scott and Marcus Wareing.
Guests were treated to a collection of spectacular cocktails including the Grey Goose elBulli Martini, a reinvention of the traditional martini, chilled with liquid nitrogen and garnished with a spherified olive.
This year’s auctions lots included the iconic ‘Crazy Luxor‘ cocktail bar designed by Christian Louboutin in the style of his classic scarlet-soled stiletto; a bespoke painting of the winning bidder’s iris by artist Marc Quinn, and the chance to join Jonathan Saunders at his London Fashion Week show in an outfit chosen and fitted by the designer himself.
The night raised more than £500,000 to support the ongoing work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The funds generated will benefit projects in the UK and abroad, such as the Cambodia Habitat for Humanity scheme, which builds secure housing for families affected by HIV/AIDS