Sean Penn Haiti Rising Gala

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emilia Clarke, Mark Burnett Bid Generously at Haiti Rising Gala

 

Standing beside the podium at the seventh annual Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Rising Gala on Jan. 6, the Haitian American actress Garcelle Beauvais didn’t hesitate to name names as she asked people to give from their heart and soul during the night’s second auction.

“If you have a lot, give a lot,” Beauvais said, before focusing on one face and adding, “Brad Pitt.”

Pitt had bid $120,000 in the night’s first auction to watch HBO’s “Game of Thrones” with cast members Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, also in attendance at the gala.

Although Pitt lost the prize to a guest who paid $160,000, Pitt continued to bid generously, as did Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Burnett and several others in the crowd. As a result, proceeds totaled about $4 million. Just for the record, Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, were the night’s top bidders, purchasing an artwork by Urs Fischer for $1.5 million.

Thanks to the generous bidders at this auction, along with ticket sales and more donations, this gala raised nearly $4 million for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and a coalition of disaster relief organizations in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Click here to read more details of the gala in my whole story, which appeared in the fashion/ lifestyle section of the Los Angeles Times.

Also included in the story are more pictures of Sean Penn, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Garcelle Beauvais, Klemens Hallman, Barbara Meier, Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Brad Pitt, Dylan Penn, Arnold Schwarzenneger, James Taylor and Sean and Alexandra Parker.

 

Top photo: Garcelle Beauvais encourages generosity from bidders at Sean Penn’s Haiti Rising Galabenefiting the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and other victims of severe storms( (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images for J/P HRO Gala)

Second photo: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are the high-bidders at Sean Penn’s Haiti Rising Gala, benefiting the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and other victims of severe storm (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images for J/P HRO Gala)

Third photo: From left, Brad Pitt, Jeff Bezos and Sean Penn at Penn’s Haiti Rising Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization and other victims of severe storms (Photo by Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images for J/P HRO Gala)

 

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Sean Penn Haiti Rising Gala

Published Jan. 17, 2018 – Ellen Olivier