Leonardo DiCaprio, Courtney Love Tip Sean Penn’s Haiti Rising Gala to Record $37 Million

'Haiti Rising' Gala

UPDATED: Sean Penn was every bit the formidable champion of human rights and social action Saturday night at the Haiti Rising Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization held at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

“Come on, man, these people are dying over here,” said Penn, a cigarette tucked behind his ear, appealing to the ballroom filled with movie stars and business entrepreneurs bidding on luxury auction prizes. “We need your help.”

In addition to Penn, the event was co-hosted by Bryan Lourd and Sean and Alexandra Parker, and presented by Lynne and Marc Benioff. Also in the crowd were Pamela Anderson, Jeffrey Tambor, Ed Norton, Nick Jonas, Patricia Arquette, Leonardo DiCaprio (who donated $125,000 dollars in exchange for custom artwork by Ed Ruscha), and Courtney Love, who bid $50,000 for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour dress.

A record $37 million was committed to J/P HRO and their initiatives in Haiti, which included contributions from the Government of France, The Parker Foundation, and World Bank, along with proceeds from the live auction.


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Paul Farmer, founding director and chief strategist of Partners in Health, was honored with the Garry Shandling Humanitarian Award, named for the legendary comedian who, upon his recent death, left $1 million to J/P HRO.

Bill Maher emceed the fundraiser, praising Penn as “truly a man of action, whether you need someone to show up with a rowboat in a flood or interview El Chapo.”

Founded by Penn in the wake of the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti, J/P HRO has worked to provide emergency medical care, food and shelter, and other essential aid to the Caribbean nation, which suffered another devastating blow in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew pummeled the southern half of the country. What began as 30 Americans has since grown to a full-time staff of 130 Haitians working tirelessly to restore what was ruined, as well as build toward a brighter, stronger tomorrow, which includes the implementation of a large-scale reforestation project.

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  1. Romelus Raynald says:

    I ask God to always bless the Americans for their love for the Haitian people

  2. Thank you so much for helping my country.God will continue to bless you and your family.Your hard work wil paid off.God will bless you all for your kindness.👍

  3. I want to say thank you to mr Sean Penn for his hard works , and everyone who contributed to raise the money to help my country Haiti
    Your name will shine in Haiti history for ever as the great Samaritan. God bless you mr Sean Penn.

  4. Josiane Jean says:

    I want to say thank you to Sean Penn for helping the unfortunate people in Haiti. I am an Haitian/American born in Haiti my parents brought me here at my early teen years. I have been to Haiti many many times I even build a home in Haiti and met my husband there too. My older son used to spent 6/7 weeks in Haiti during the summer season in his teenager years. My younger son visited there twice already but, now he wants to go to back Summer 2017. We (Haitians) want to help too but, for safety, security reason (s) one can be afraid which is understandable. You are doing an amazing job Sean Penn keep doing what you are doing you will be appreciated by the Haitian people but the highest reward will be from the Almighty. Again thank you.

  5. Elifaite Dumervill says:

    Thank you Sean Penn for saving lives in Haiti. Over the years you have changed and saved more lives than the government itself.Thank you

  6. Romeo Pepe says:

    Who gives these people the right to raise money in the name of Haiti in he first place. Can I just go and raise money in the name of any country???

    • HaitianLeader says:

      Romeo Pepe, I’m Haitian and I gave him the right to raise money in the United of State to my people in Haiti. Now go f@$k yourself…

    • Elifaite Dumervill says:

      Before making that kind comment, please do a research on Sean Penn philanthropic work in Haiti. Thanks bro

  7. John doe says:

    Don’t give the money to any government person if you really know they are dying.They will put it in their pocket.I know my people,i’ve been there for 26 years.That’s why i left,too much corruption over there.If you truly want to do sething for the haitian people,do not contact any government authority,just go and do it yourself..That’s my advice for you guys who are doing an amazing job to help my people.God Bless America…

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