Not surprisingly, a lot of people want to go on a date with George Clooney.
The 52-year-old last month gave everyone willing to part with $10 the opportunity to be his guest for an evening.
"First, you and a friend will be flown to New York City," the fundraiser described. "You'll then go backstage at the Late Show with David Letterman for George's pre-premiere interview, ride to the premiere with George, and walk the red carpet with George, all before sitting in the VIP row for Monuments Men. As if that weren't enough, you'll then head to the after-party as George's VIP guests."
Jean Allen, a personal trainer from Dallas, eventually ended up winning the prize - but not before thousands of others took a gamble and helped raise more than $1.2M for Clooney's Satellite Sentinel Project in the Sudan. The money will go towards the roughly $3M is costs each year to maintain the real-time-eye-in-the-sky above the war-torn region. In a Reddit AMA last month, Clooney explained why he decided to pursue the project with his activist John Prendergast.
"I was putting time in the Sudan, with all the conflict in Sudan, and now as they work through trying to make the newest country in the world work, I became very involved with John Pendergast. We were sitting in the desert on a satellite phone and someone was talking about what to wear to the Oscars, and I was sitting among people dying in the desert," he writes. "It made me wonder how come you can google earth my home but not set up satellites to monitor what is happening here? And John said let’s make it happen.
"Basically we fund ourselves and we are able to track the true movements and see a lot of the atrocities in real time. We will have images up in a few days, in the hope to try to slow down or make it prohibitive. We’ll give them to the Hague and the images will be used against them. We’ve already given tons of actual atrocities, true movements, bombs being dropped on villages but they would claim it was tribal infighting when of course no tribe has these weapons."
As for Clooney's winning date, she brought along her eight-year-old daughter and had nothing but kind words to say about the star. George has been amazing,” Ms. Allen told ABC News at the event. “He would make a great dad.”
Check out video of her experience below.
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