Included in the list of where the donations will go are the California Wolf Center and the Pacific Wolf Coalition. Leonardo DiCaprio raised over $40 million to help save the planet at an auction in Saint-Tropez, France, on Wednesday night. The second annual Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation fundraising gala included a live auction with donated jewelry and artwork from the actor’s personal collection, his publicist, Shawn Sachs, said Thursday.
Naomi Campbell, Orlando Bloom and Kate Hudson attended the event, which included performances by Elton John and John Legend. Other items in the auction included an estate on DiCaprio’s private Belize island, Blackadore Caye, and a special travel package donated by Prince Albert II of Monaco.
DiCaprio, whose films include “Titanic” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” started the environmental foundation in 1998 to help preserve the environment and habitats of wild animals. The money funds grants, public campaigns and media initiatives supported by the foundation.
DiCaprio, 40, serves on the board of several environmental organizations. He said he hopes to work with governments to protect critically endangered species and “conserve the jungles, coral reefs, and forest they call home.”
“The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore,” the 40-year-old actor said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it. I am proud to support these organizations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge.”
Full list of organizations benefiting from the grants.
– Amazon Watch
– Biomimicry Institute
– California Wolf Center: Pacific Wolf Coalition
– Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
– Conservation International
– Dark Snow
– Digital Democracy
– Earth Echo International
– Empowered by Light
– International Fund for Animal Welfare
– National Geographic: Pristine Seas
– Natural Resources Defense Council
– Oceans 5
– Save The Elephants
– Saving Species
– Tetiaroa Society
– The Conservation Land Trust
– The Solutions Project
– Tony Fitzjohn/George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust
– Tree People
– Virunga Fund
– Wildlife Conservation Network
– Wildlife Conservation Society
– World Wildlife Fund