Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation 20th Anniversary celebration with a zero-waste, fully sustainable live auction benefit dinner took place on Sept. 15 in Santa Rosa, CA to raise funds to support global efforts to address climate change and protect biodiversity. The star-studded event was co-hosted by DiCaprio and Laurene Powell, widow of Apple chief Steve Jobs. The event was presented in partnership with Jackson Family Wines and title sponsors Bank of America and Tiffany & Co.
"When I founded LDF 20 years ago, I did so based on the simple idea that we could make a real difference by directly funding some of the most effective environmental projects – whether it be individuals, grassroots movements or major nonprofits, we wanted to focus on getting critical funding to those who could have the greatest impact," the actor said during his speech.
"We are extremely proud to celebrate 20 years of this model. Since 1998, we have supported over 200 projects on every continent and in every ocean from habitat and species conservation, renewable energy, climate change, indigenous rights, and more. I am pleased to announce $11 million in new grants across our six program areas, bringing the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million," Leo added.
The event was filled with celebrity guests like Naomi Campbell, Tobby Mcquire, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Martin and many more.
The Coldplay singer and girlfriend Dakota Johnson attended the event together, a source tells Us Weekly. The 41-year-old even took the stage to perform a rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” famously known from the 1997 film Titanic that starred DiCaprio, 43.
The wine country bash raised nearly $11 million for DiCaprio’s foundation, which has awarded $100 million in grants over the past two decades.
About Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Since 1998, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has been on a mission to protect the Earth’s last wild places, implementing solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants. Through grant making, public campaigns and media initiatives, LDF brings attention and needed funding to three areas: protecting biodiversity, ocean & forest conservation, and climate change. The Foundation works in close collaboration with a broad network of environmental leaders and experts, effective organizations, and committed philanthropists to identify and support innovative, results-driven projects in the world’s most wild and threatened ecosystems. For more information visit: www.ldcfoundation.org.