Leonardo DiCaprio honours Nice victims with charity donation
Leonardo DiCaprio has donated a portion of the $45 million (£34.1 million) raised at his star-studded charity gala to those affected by the terrorist attacks in Nice, France.
The Revenant actor was joined by stars including Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Marion Cotillard, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, and Kevin Spacey for the bash at the Domaine Bertraud Belieu Vineyard in Saint Tropez, France on Wednesday (20Jul16).
A number of top prizes were auctioned off during the event, including a night with Leonardo at the Men's U.S. Open tennis final, a personal acting performance from Kevin Spacey, and artwork by the likes of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, which all raised funds for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), through which the Oscar winner sponsors conservation projects worldwide.
However, Leonardo and his guests took a moment during the party to divert their attention away from conservation and honour the victims and survivors of last week's (ends17Jul16) terrorist truck attack in the French coastal city of Nice.
Some of the money raised on the night was donated to GiveForFrance.org, a website set up to solicit donations for organisations providing aid in the aftermath of the brutal attack, which left 84 people dead.
A number of the celebrities, including Leonardo himself, also made personal donations to the GiveForFrance campaign.
Addressing the star-studded crowd at the event, the 41-year-old actor spoke passionately about the threat posed by climate change.
"While we are the first generation that has the technology, the scientific knowledge, and the global will to build a truly sustainable economic future for all of humanity, we are the last generation that has a chance to stop climate change before it is too late," he said.
Unlike in previous years, when only those at the event could bid on lots, members of the public were also able to submit offers via email.
The $45 million raised, including $4 million (£3 million) from the sale of a Jeff Koons sculpture, topped last year's (15) gala total of $40 million (£30.3 million).
Guests at the charity bash were also treated to special performances by The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey.
Since Leonardo founded his charity in 1998, the foundation has given away more than $59 million (£44.7 million), including $15.6 million (£11.8 million), its largest ever grant to conservation organisations, earlier this year (16).
- Cover Media