Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio has reportedly paid $100,000 to spend a day with former President Bill Clinton at a charity auction to benefit victims of Haiti's 2010 earthquake.
When actor and activist Sean Penn staged a pre-Golden Globe Beverly Hills fundraiser, DiCaprio offered the large sum, which was quickly countered by two other bidders. DiCaprio reportedly convened with the two unnamed rival bidders and offered a compromise that they combine their bids into a single donation of $400,000 and all of them would spend a day with Clinton, according to Starpulse.com.
The proceeds benefited Penn's non-profit, J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
Later that evening, Clinton made an appearance at the Golden Globes, where he introduced Steven Spielberg's acclaimed film "Lincoln," based on the challenges and accomplishments of one of the nation's most esteemed presidents. Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis went on to win Best Actor at the Golden Globes for his portrayal of late President Abraham Lincoln.
In total, Penn's relief fund raised $2.5 million from the fundraiser.
In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the impoverished island nation, killing more than 300,000 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes and commercial buildings. The nation is still struggling to recover from the tragedy three years later.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosted Penn's event, which featured a long list of Hollywood A-list celebrities: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Mel Gibson, Daniel Craig, Reese Witherspoon, and Eva Longoria, among others. Each attendee reportedly paid between $2,500 and $5,000 for a seat at the gala.
Former Sen. Christopher Dodd also attended. After leaving office in January of 2011, the Connecticut Democrat became a major Hollywood lobbyist as head of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and DJ Samantha Ronson performed at the event.
Penn's Haiti relief fund, which is "dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively," according to its website, provides medical care to approximately 8,000 individuals per month while offering education for some 400 displaced Haitian children among other accomplishments.
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