Sean Penn raises over USD 2 million for Haiti relief
Hollywood superstar Sean Penn's 'Carnival in Cannes Gala for Haitian Relief' event has managed to raise over USD 2 million for the country devastated by earthquake in 2010.
Among the items put on the auction block was a chance to join Penn on a three-day trip to Haiti. Three bidders eventually nailed it for a prize of over USD 128,000 each.
Other items included a guitar owned by U2's Bono that reportedly went for USD 215,000, as well as a lunch with a Victoria's Secret Angel that was sold for USD 115,000.
This auction event benefited Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization, director Paul Haggis' Artists for Peace and Justice and supermodel Petra Nemcova's Happy Heart's Fund. It was the first official Cannes Film Festival event that did not have any movie as part of the festivities, and was attended by Gerard Butler, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Ben Stiller and many others.
A day before the auction, Penn blasted media and fellow celebrities for abandoning Haiti. The "Milk" star dropped the F-word often as he pleaded for charity.
The 51-year-old actor, who was recently honored with a 2012 Peace Summit Award for his humanitarian work in Haiti, further called on President Obama to meet with the country's newly-elected president Michel Joseph Martelly.