Penelope raises USD 333,000 for Haiti

London: Hollywood beauty Penelope Cruz has helped raise USD 333,000 for the earthquake-stricken nation of Haiti by auctioning off her designer dresses at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Academy winning actress helped raise the money for
Haiti by selling the designer dresses, which she had worn to
various high profile red carpet events, reported Contactmusic.
The 35-year-old Spanish beauty and jewellery maker
Chopard raised the sum by organising an auction for the
Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organisation at Cannes.
Donors to the auction included Anne Hathaway, Julia
Roberts, Gisele Bundchen, Charlize Theron and Salma Hayek, who
raised USD 21,000 by selling just her burgundy Gucci gown, the
first from the Italian brand`s new couture range.
An original sketch for the gown by Gucci`s creative
director Frida Giannini was also sold alongside the creation.
Other celebrities who gave away outfits included Naomi
Watts, Diane Kruger, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Jenkins-Penn charity was created by Oscar-winning
actor Sean Penn as a response to help the Caribbean nation in
its recovery from the earthquake in January this year.
Around 230,000 people were killed and around 1 million
made homeless as a result of the quakes. PTI KKR


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