November 5: $3 million. November 11: $1.3 million. In a week’s time, Leonardo DiCaprio has raised millions of dollars for more than one cause. Just six days before his birthday, DiCaprio co-chaired the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) first annual Art + Film Gala. Helping make the event a success by raising $3 million for the art of film making, the actor’s philanthropic efforts did not stop there.
In true humanitarian fashion, Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his birthday while raising money for his charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. DiCaprio’s foundation supports wildlife conservation and provides disaster relief in countries such as Haiti.
11.11.11, a date deemed lucky by many, was oddly enough Leo’s actual birth date – as well as the date his newest film, J. Edgar, hit theaters. With much to celebrate, DiCaprio rented out New York’s Avenue night club where an array of A-listers gathered together to celebrate their dear friend’s 37th birthday. The guest list included family members, Victoria’s Secret models, assorted billionaires, and celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Robert De Niro, Naomi Campbell and Edward Norton – to name a few.
DiCaprio, who threw this birthday bash for himself, raised money for his charity by having a cash bar and auctioning off luxury items. One popular luxury item, a 15-litre bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne – hand painted by artist Peter Tunney, was auctioned off for $50,000. By the end of the night a total of $1.3 million had been raised effortlessly, all while partying the night away.
While some may think that birthdays are all about the person being celebrated, DiCaprio found a way to make it about others. The J. Edgar star continues to use his power in support of his causes by raising funds in his everyday life.
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