Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation continues to give back to the environment!
According to NY Daily News, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hosted a star-studded gala which raised $40 million for global conservation campaigns through auction donations!
The 2nd annual gala, which was held at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu winery in Saint-Tropez on Wednesday, July 22, had quite a few celebrities in attendance including Kate Hudson, Sir Elton John, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Campbell, and Heidi Klum. “Tonight’s event is about supporting LDF’s efforts to protect key species like the tiger, rhino, shark and mountain gorilla by working with governments to conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests they call home,” Leonardo said in his opening speech. “By focusing on protecting these critically endangered iconic species is almost like setting up a worldwide network of Noah’s arks.”
Some of the items donated for auction included:
- Leonardo’s own personal Rolex Daytona Cosmograph watch, as well as pieces of Andy Warhol and Bansky artwork from his personal collection (which went for a combined $2 million)
- A pair of private concerts with Elton John (which went for a total of $3 million)
- Invites to be a personal guest of movie producer Harvey Weinstein at events like the Academy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the Met Gala and the White House Correspondents Dinner ($1.1 million)
- Leonardo’s estate home on his own private Belize island, Blackadore Caye, (sold to Colony Capital CEO Tom Barrack for over $11 million).
The $40 million raised almost doubled last year’s inaugural gala’s donations, which totaled $25 million. The Foundation also recently donated $15 million in grants to various environmental organizations.