The second annual Leonard DiCaprio Foundation fundraising gala was a huge success, managing last night to raise an impressive $40 million+ from celebrity supporters for the LDF’s various environmental causes.
Held in St. Tropez, the event was hosted by DiCaprio and LDF Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and featured a performance by Elton John. Guests in attendance included Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Orlando Bloom, Chris Tucker, and more. The money was raised through an auction that featured rare luxury items, exclusive experiences, and fine art. Among the items auctioned off were paintings from DiCaprio’s personal including works by Banksy and Andy Warhol, the sale of an estate on Dicaprio’s Belize island, an arctic expedition with Prince Albert II of Monaco, and a private concert by Elton John.
Founded in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation aims to help protect the world’s remaining wild places, restore threatened ecosystems and preserve endangered animal species. The organization utilizes grant making, public campaigns, and media initiatives, and currently supports more than 70 projects across 40 countries worldwide.