Sean Penn Raises $6 Million for Haiti With Help From Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon & More
With an array of celebrity guests (like rumored fiancée Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek, Ben Stiller, Josh Hutcherson, Bill Clinton and more), and featuring performances by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all eyes were on Sean Penn’s Hollywood-filled charity gala, shedding light on an important relief organization.
Some of the auction items included: a trip to Los Angeles to party with the stars during Academy Award weekend; a journey to Haiti with President Bill Clinton and Sean Penn (originally for only one winner and a guest, but Clinton and Penn agreed onsite to offer 3 lucky winners and their guests this opportunity; each trip went for $500,000, totaling $1.5 million); a once in a lifetime private performance by Chris Martin in the winning bidder’s home; and more!
Chris Martin performed acoustic renditions of “Magic” and “Viva la Vida” midway through the event, while the Red Hot Chili Peppers ended the night with a 30-minute concert for the star-studded room.
About the J/P Haitian Relief Organization:
J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and building sustainable programs with the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010 J/P HRO began working immediately to make an impact in Haiti. J/P HRO works with both government and non-governmental agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and developing housing and education facilities. The goal of J/P Haitian Relief Organization is to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better life. More information can be found at www.jphro.org.