Elton John, Diana Krall, David Furnish (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)Elton John‘s 15th annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit gala took place Wednesday at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event, which the pop-rock legend hosts with his husband, David Furnish, raised more than $3 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

During the festivities United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was honored with the foundation’s second Founder’s Award, which acknowledges people who have made significant contributions to the global fight against AIDS. In addition, special Enduring Vision Awards were presented to philanthropist and entrepreneur Frank Giustra and New York Giants executive and Oscar-winning producer Steve Tisch for their support of the EJAF.

The gala also featured a performance by jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall and a speech by Emmy-winning Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, who discussed the importance of advocating for transgender people.

Elton also was on hand to address the attendees. “To truly end AIDS, we must provide more funding for syringe access, more funding for community organizing, more funding to change hearts and minds and more funding to change unjust laws and policies,” he said. “That’s a tall order, but with your help, we can do it, and we must succeed if we want to see the end of AIDS in our lifetime.”

In addition, a live auction was held during the gala that featured a variety of items, including a piece of artwork created by John’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

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