*Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner Whoopi Goldberg will be the guest of honor at the AIDS charity Life Ball, a fashion event to kick off the World AIDS conference in Vienna this summer.

Goldberg will open the runway show/party on July 17, co-organizer Gery Keszler announced Wednesday, according to AFP. The event is in its 18th year and will be held in the Austrian capital from July 18-23.

“I’ve admired (Goldberg) for years for her openness, her coolness and her humour,” Keszler told journalists Wednesday.

The comedian follows a number of stars who have graced the red-ribbon catwalk at Vienna’s gothic city hall in recent years, from actresses Sharon Stone and Eva Longoria-Parker to model Linda Evangelista and singers Elton John and Anastacia.

Former  president Bill Clinton, whose foundation promotes AIDS work, will also take part in the charity event, Keszler said.

The 18th World AIDS conference in Vienna will bring together some 25,000 experts, health professionals and policy makers to discuss progress in fighting AIDS and look at ways to provide further prevention and treatment against the HIV virus which causes it.