Leonardo DiCaprio is hosting one of the summer’s most glamorous and star-studded events – for a good cause.
DiCaprio and his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) are hosting their third annual gala in St. Tropez on July 20, where funds will be raised to support environmental awareness efforts and research for climate change, conservation and preservation grants across the globe. Last year’s gala raised $40 million.
Official invites have gone out to a who’s who of Hollywood and the climate change community. Expected guests include foundation board members and event co-chairs such: Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Tobey Maguire, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey and Charlize Theron. Attendees will be treated to performances by The Weeknd and Lana del Rey, with special guest Andrea Bocelli.
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DiCaprio’s environmentalist efforts are well-documented. He’s given speeches at the U.N., addressed his passion for global-warming prevention in his Oscar acceptance speech in February and is working on a climate-change documentary. In 2007, he created, produced, co-wrote and narrated The 11th Hour, a documentary that gave viewers a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems.
DiCaprio launched his foundation in 1998 with a mission to protect “the world’s last wild places.” The LDF’s awareness efforts focus on four areas: protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation, wildlands conservation and climate change. To date the LDF has awarded $45 million in grants and has supported 70 organizations worldwide.