Celebrities pitch in to help after Harvey


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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Vanity Fair Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2016. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will go toward relief and recovery for several years.


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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will go toward short- and long-term relief and recovery efforts.

Many celebrities have pulled out their pocketbooks to help Harvey victims in recent days including Sandra Bullock, who on Tuesday donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.

United Way Worldwide said Wednesday that the national fund will distribute 100 percent of donations to recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” said United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher in a statement. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.”

United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded non-profit and anticipates Harvey recovery efforts will take several years.

The $1 million from DiCaprio’s foundation represents the inaugural donation to the fund. It is the latest disaster relief support from the Oscar-winner’s namesake foundation. DiCaprio and his foundation have previously donated to recovery efforts following the 2004 tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Sandy.

“We hope others will step up and support the United Way and other organizations,” foundation CEO Terry Tamminen said in the press release.

Here’s a list of stars who have publicly pledged to donate:

• Sandra Bullock, $1 million to the American Red Cross

• Leonardo DiCaprio, $1 million to the new United Way Harvey Recovery Fund

• Miley Cyrus, $500,000 to the American Red Cross, Best Friends, the Greater Houston Community Fund and other charities

• Solange, all earnings from her Sept. 28 show in Boston to those affected by Harvey, as well as $3 from each ticket from her Oct. 3 show in New York

• The Kardashian family, $250,000 each to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army

• Country singer Chris Young, $100,000 to the American Red Cross

• Fall Out Boy, all proceeds from their Nov. 7 show in Houston would go to Harvey relief

• Kevin Hart, $50,000 to the American Red Cross

• “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles, $50,000 to Random Acts

• The Chainsmokers, $30,000 to the American Red Cross

• Ellen DeGeneres, $25,000 to the American Red Cross and SPCA Texas

• D.J. Khaled, $25,000 to the American Red Cross

• Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $25,000 to the American Red Cross

• Jennifer Lopez, $25,000 to the American Red Cross

• Alex Rodriguez, $25,000 to the American Red Cross

• Wendy Williams, $25,000 to the American Red Cross

• The Texas Tenors, all of the sales from their new single, “Rise,” to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Vanity Fair Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2016. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will go toward relief and recovery for several years.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/08/web1_118275594-ebf7e8095b1f427caff82f9a6d53ccff.jpgActor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Vanity Fair Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2016. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donated $1 million to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, which will go toward relief and recovery for several years. Evan Agostini | Invision/AP

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