The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
One of my favorite trips of the year is always Saint-Tropez and this year was exceptionally great. Being a part of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was one of the highlights. The organization’s gala and celebrity charity auction took place July 20th at the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard and the worthy cause raised a record $45 million!
The fashions were better than any red carpet event I’ve attended. The women are beautiful and the men so handsome and sexy. The guests were all top drawer from all over the world and even some of the luxury items in the auction came from renowned artists like Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Urs Fischer and Adrian Villar Rojas, among others.
This is the third year that the beloved Oscar-winning actor and environmentalist puts together this grand event which raises funds to protect some of the areas of the planet most affected by climate change as well as help restore balance to endangered ecosystems. In the short time the event has taken place, DiCaprio has managed to raise major support and environmental awareness. This gala also honored those affected by the recent tragedy in Nice.
This year’s event, which honored Prince Albert of Monaco with the foundation’s first New World Leadership Award, included performances by Andrea Bocelli, Lana del Rey and the Weekend.
History of the DiCaprio Foundation
In 1998, Leonardo DiCaprio established his foundation with the mission of protecting the world’s last wild places. LDF implements solutions that help restore balance to threatened ecosystems, ensuring the long-term health and well-being of all Earth’s inhabitants. Since that time the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has worked on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.
Through grantmaking, public campaigns and media initiatives, LDF brings attention and needed funding to four focus areas—protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation, wildlands conservation, and climate change. Several successful fundraising events have enabled LDF to scale up our grantmaking strategy, successfully driving support for innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe.
Leonardo’s website and social media platforms are also dedicated to inspiring the public to take action on key environmental issues. Growing in reach from just 500,000 followers in 2007 to over 25 million in 2015, Leonardo’s fans have engaged on an array of issues protecting key species — sharks in California, tigers in Asia, elephants in Africa — and calling on world leaders to address climate change. Continue reading here…