LDF confirmed today details of its fourth annual fundraising auction gala, which will be held on July 26, 2017 in St. Tropez, France. Proceeds from the auction will support the foundation’s global, high-impact grantmaking portfolio.
Since 2008, LDF has committed over $80 million in grants to environmental projects across six areas: wildlife and landscape conservation, marine life and ocean conservation, climate change, innovative solutions, indigenous rights and the California program. LDF’s grantees and partners are currently active on every continent and in every ocean.
“LDF and our partners on the ground are focused on solving some of the most complex and pressing environmental challenges of our lifetime,” said Mr. DiCaprio. “We have made tremendous progress expanding our reach and impact. We are funding vital conservation efforts around the world, working with local and indigenous communities who are fighting to protect their lands, waters and way of life, and hastening a transition to renewable energy to combat climate change. In an age when governments are deadlocked in predictable, partisan rhetoric, it is up to every concerned individual to be a champion for our shared planet. We can start by exponentially increasing the level of philanthropic giving to organizations that are defending our natural world, and calling on the global community to take action together.”
In St. Tropez, where many of the foundation’s donors and guests are already located at the end of July, the gala will be hosted by LDF Founder and Chairman Leonardo DiCaprio, CEO Terry Tamminen and Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby. The auction is curated by Lisa Schiff of SFA Advisory and the event is produced by Andy Boose of AAB Productions.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will be honored with the foundation’s “New World Leadership Award” for her innovative approach to making Paris a model for sustainable urban living and design.
There will be a special performance by GRAMMY-winning artist Lenny Kravitz.
Simon de Pury will conduct the live auction, which will be filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, collectibles and memorabilia, and an unrivalled collection of fine art from universally renowned artists. Included in the catalogue are works by Paul McCarthy, Rashid Johnson, Sanya Kantarovsky, Adrian Ghenie, Damien Hirst, Jonas Wood, Sean Scully, Lynda Benglis, Andrea Bowers, Cecily Brown, Urs Fisher, Rudolf Stingel, Richard Prince, and a special commission by Lawrence Weiner.