The actor and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation celebrated a milestone 20th anniversary with an A-list gala in Northern California which featured a efficiency by Coldplay’s frontman.
Once upon a time … in Sonoma County.
Leonardo DiCaprio took a weekend break from filming Quentin Tarantino’s Helter Skelter-focused Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to go to wine nation for a gala fundraiser for his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and its world environmental efforts. And in response to insider accounts, it was a chic affair that helped LDF attain a significant milestone of doling out greater than $100 million in grants.
Speaking of numbers, in response to sources, the occasion itself raised within the neighborhood of $eight million courtesy of a ticket gross sales (minimal of $10,000 per ticket) that pulled in round $500,000 whereas the stay public sale is claimed to have netted one thing near $7.5 million.
Co-hosted by DiCaprio and Laurene Powell, widow of Apple chief Steve Jobs, LDF’s Sept. 15 occasion was offered in partnership with Jackson Family Wines and title sponsors Bank of America and Tiffany & Co. It marked a significant location change, too, as DiCaprio beforehand traveled to the South of France for St. Tropez fundraisers which drew lots of of company (together with billionaires and supermodels). This 12 months, solely 300 company bought previous the velvet ropes for rather more intimate occasion that additionally included a well-curated stay public sale by DiCaprio’s longtime artwork advisor Lisa Schiff together with Marika Kielland of SFA Advisory and Sotheby’s auctioneer Simon Shaw.
DiCaprio took a second on the podium to mirror on these final twenty years, his dedication to the atmosphere and to make an announcement of extra grantees. “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,” stated Leonardo DiCaprio. “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.”
The night time was not solely in regards to the numbers. Apparently, it was additionally about DiCaprio’s adoration for a controversial piece of menswear. Chris Martin of Coldplay additionally made the brief trek to Sonoma County to carry out a set of songs. He devoted the Celine Dion traditional “My Heart Will Go On” to DiCaprio, and he additionally carried out an unique composition about cargo shorts.
According to 1 attendee’s Instagram video, Martin stated, “I studied him very carefully for about 5 or 6 years and what grew to become clear to me was his unbelievable service, his dedication to the enterprise of cargo shorts. … This is a man, he is seen cargo shorts and he stated, ‘I’m going to save lots of these shorts from extinction. They ought to have gone out about 25 years in the past. I’m personally going to fund the type of renaissances of cargo shorts.”
Guests who bought to listen to the track’s debut included Mike Ovitz, Tamara Mellon, Sophia Lauren, Catherine Deneuve, Edward Norton, Naomi Campbell, Tobey Maguire, Lukas Haas, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Peggy Siegal, Vivi Nevo, producer Steve Golin and Mark Ruffalo, the latter of whom flew in from the Avengers set to handle the group from the rostrum. Many of the aforementioned names stayed on the Calistoga Ranch earlier than heading to Matanzas Creek Winery the place armed safety and police canine helped to maintain the peace.
DiCaprio appeared to be having fun with the second, and the complete night which he spent seated subsequent to Dr. Jane Goodall. The famed English primatologist and anthropologist was named to LDF’s new impartial board of administrators together with indigenous rights chief and former particular advisor for Native American affairs to President Obama Jodi Gillette, LDF CEO Terry Tamminen, Robert Hrtica and Adam Bernholz.
There had been awards, too. Artist Wayne Thiebaud obtained LDF’s inaugural Art & Environment Award; filmmaker, gallerist and creator Arne Glimcher took dwelling the inaugural Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award to environmental filmmaker, gallerist and creator Arne Glimcher; and Amazon Frontlines and CeiboAlliance was awarded the primary annual Environmental Activist Award.
“This year we honor extraordinary individuals and organizations for their contributions to protecting our planet, and for upholding the core beliefs of LDF,” stated DiCaprio. “Through his art, Wayne Thiebaud has invigorated and inspired people to take action to protect our planet. Arne Glimcher, working with the African Environmental Film Foundation, has been instrumental in educating the public on environmental concerns throughout Africa. We are also pleased to recognize LDF grantees Amazon Frontlines and Ceibo Alliance. The partnership these organizations have formed has proven essential in leading a resistance to defend indigenous territory and culture. Their courageous work has prevented rain forest destruction throughout Ecuador and we honor them for their work.”
The occasion was produced by Inward Point as a zero waste, sustainable occasion utilizing 100% renewable vitality and regionally sourced meals. Produce was sourced from SingleThread farm and surrounding natural farms, all seafood was Seafood Watch licensed “Green” and sourced from native waters. SingleThread Chefs Kyle Connaughton and Jackson Family Wines’ Executive Chef Justin Wangler used greens, fruit, herbs, flowers, honey, eggs and olive oil sourced instantly from SingleThread farm.
Also introduced on the occasion had been donations to assist catastrophe aid efforts for these impacted by Hurricane Florence, and people affected by the Napa Valley fires to Just and Resilient Future Fund.
After all was stated and achieved, one attendee instructed The Hollywood Reporter that it was exhausting to take their eyes off DiCaprio: “His star shined brightly final night time.”
We loved being in Sonoma to support Leo and all the amazing work he does for our planet through the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation . We were all in awe of hearing the great Jane Goodall speak from her heart . She has lived her life with purpose . #janegoodall #leonardodicaprio #leo #leonardodicapriofoundation #sonoma #ldf @leonardodicaprio
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.