May 23 - Celebrities turn out in force for Europe's largest and glitziest fundraising event in Vienna. Kathi Urban reports.
A colourful fancy dress extravaganza - Vienna's Life Ball shows it's not just the largest but arguably Europe's most glittery fundraising event. It's also an excuse to party hard all night for a good cause. And in stark contrast to Vienna's usually stuffy image, the Life Ball has become a worldwide hit and a highlight of the Viennese ball season. The honourable guest list at this year's bash included the likes of US actress Brooke Shields, Brit designer Dame Vivienne Westwood and former US President Bill Clinton. Pop star Janet Jackson was also there. The singer is a representative for the amfAR AIDS foundation set up by the late Elizabeth Taylor. Already in it's 19th year, the 2011 event also marks the 30-year anniversary since the discovery of HIV. SOUNDBITE: Karin, visitor, saying (English): "I think the Life Ball is a very great ball, because we need to think about the people who are suffering from AIDS or HIV and that's why we are here and we are celebrating with fun and joy but we are also thinking of the people who are suffering." The Life Ball has raised millions for international and national HIV and AIDS projects in the past, with over 1.9 million USD in 2010. Tickets for the event at Vienna's City Hall don't come cheap, though. Starting at 210 USD a piece, some guests are splashing out more than 3,500 USD for the evening. Kathi Urban, Reuters.