HOLLYWOOD HELPS HAITI (Blog)
Category: Misc./General Career News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: January 25, 2010 | Publication: Faded Youth Blog | Author: Staff
Publication/Article Link:Faded Youth Blog
Lead by Charlize Theron and Demi Moore, the stars stepped out in full force in Santa Monica, CA yesterday (January 24) to attend a fundraising event in support of Haiti.
Held at the home of director Paul Haggis, the celebrity-packed charity brunch was hosted by Artists for Peace and Justice (the charity he founded in 2009) and raised four million dollars for Haiti.
One hundred friends and supporters of APJ pledged to support the disaster-stricken nation over the next five to ten years, committing funds to building and funding schools, in a country where most children don’t have access to basic education.
Guests included APJ advisory board members, Charlize, Josh Brolin, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Jimmy-Jean Louis and Madeleine Stowe.
Moby, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray and Jackson Browne each gave live performances.
Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $5000. A live connection was established at the event that gave guests the opportunity to chat with doctors and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, allowing them to hear first-hand about the progress being made.
In addition to the $5000 minimum donation, guests contributed not only dollars towards the current relief effort, but also pledged to support Haiti in the long-term. Penelope Cruz gave $50 000 per year for five years toward building schools. Her fiance Javier Bardem pledged $10 000 per year over 10 years and AnnaLynne McCord matched the donation.
As host Haggis shared his accounts of his past week in the disaster zone and talked about APJ’s commitment to building a sustainable future for Haiti, many were moved to support Haiti well beyond the current crisis. Gerard Butler, Simon Barker and his wife, Rebecca Rigg, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig were just a few of the attendees who each pledged to give $50 000 per year for five years toward building the future of Haiti.
Other attendees at bash included Pierce Brosnan, Keely Shaye Smith, Marcia Cross, Seth Green, Milla Jovovich and Luc Besson.