One lucky bidder is going home with a Titanic-sized experience.
This week, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its annual charitable gala in St. Tropez, France, and among the items up for auction was a private dinner with DiCaprio and his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet. The glitzy event, the fourth for the foundation, raised $30 million through ticket sales and auction items to support the organization’s environmental conservation and advocacy work.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation: Fighting for the Planet
Founded in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s mission is to “support projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.” Six program areas—Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions—are targeted by the foundation through “grantmaking, public campaigns, and media initiatives.”
Though the foundation came under fire last year for its ties to a financial scandal in Malaysia, DiCaprio’s long-standing commitment to conservation has no doubt helped bring international attention to environmental causes. In 2014, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace for Climate Change, and he uses his social media accounts to promote these issues. He also used part of his 2016 Best Actor Oscar acceptance speech to encourage people to not “take this planet for granted” and to step up to combat the looming threat of climate change.
This year’s Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala featured performances by Madonna and Lenny Kravitz. In his remarks to the attendees, DiCaprio shared an update on his foundation’s efforts: “We helped protect more than 1.6 million square kilometers of ocean—an area more than twice the size of Texas—including in the Ross Sea. Our work is helping save endangered species such as the wild jaguar and the Gray Wolf, which has made a comeback after being on the brink of extinction…These are just a few of the stories about the impact the generosity of our donors has helped make possible.”
For one lucky donor, a Titanic reunion will soon rock their world. For the rest of us, Billy Zane shared the next best thing on Instagram: