In the wake of several months of multi-million dollar donations to environmental organizations around the world, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hosted its first-ever charity gala last night to fundraise, celebrate, and reaffirm its mission to helping the planet.
"In our oceans we have already lost 25 per cent of the coral reefs and 90 per cent of the large fish, including sharks. It’s high time we acknowledged that our very survival depends on protecting the ecosystems that sustain life. The Gala in Saint-Tropez is a fundraiser to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet."
DiCaprio set his exclusive gala within the confines of the gorgeous Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard, located only a few miles outside the seaside resort town of Saint-Tropez in southeastern France. Dubbed one of the "events of the summer," it attracted some 500 guests - with each paying between $7,000 to $130,000 to attend. As with past events, an auction of donated works of art, Hollywood, and rock and roll memorabilia enticed guests to reach even deeper into their pockets. Items included DiCaprio's Harley Davidson motorbike bearing the signatures of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro ($673,000), a guitar belonging to U2 frontman Bono ($1M), a sculpture by British artist Damien Hirst ($6M), and even a drawing by artist Pablo Picasso ($1M). Two walk-on roles in one of DiCaprio's next film went for a total of $2.4M.
In terms of entertainment, Bono performed "Stand By Me" with Julian Lennon, with Robin Thicke and DJ Paul Oakenfold rounding out the evening.
All told, more than $25 million dollars was raised; funds that will help organizations around the world continue to make important strides in preserving both habitat and life.
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