Singer John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen helped to score $100,000 (GBP62,500) for an anti-sex trafficking charity - as a belated wedding gift. The couple was celebrating Teigen's Sports Illustrated cover in Miami, Florida on Thursday (20Feb14), when they ran into billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who asked the couple to pick a charity of their choice for him to donate funds to as a wedding present.
Teigen, who became Mrs. Legend in September (13), picked the Somaly Mam Foundation, which works to battle sex trafficking around the world, and in return she gifted Rahr a signed copy of her Sports Illustrated cover, according to the New York Daily News.
Alicia Keys' Black Ball charity auction received a $2 million (£1.3 million) donation from pharmaceutical mogul Stewart Rahr. Rahr joined Keys' auction in aid of her charity Keep A Child Alive, at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (07Nov13), and placed bids on nearly every item.
The billionaire played such a heavy part in the evening that the Fallin' singer eventually invited him to join her on stage to tell the audience about his own rise to riches.
Rahr donated a total of $2 million in less than an hour of bidding, doubling the event's total.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Stewart went wild during the live auction and bid on every lot except one. There was a trip to Milan which started with a reserve price of $8,000. Stewart put his hand straight up and said, 'I'll bid $100,000'. Nobody even bothered bidding against him... He was out of control. He donated so much money that Alicia got him onstage. He was up there for five minutes telling everyone about his rags-to-riches story."
The son of a Brooklyn chemist, Rahr sold his pharmaceutical company Kinray in 2010 for $1.3 billion.
The instrument which Dooley Wilson performed As Time Goes By on in the 1942 film went under the hammer at Sotheby's in New York for $600,000 (£375,000) - and the Titanic star was part of the duo which made the private winning bid.
According to the New York Daily News, DiCaprio and rich philanthropist Stewart Rahr teamed up to buy the piano, which they now plan on donating to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Experts had predicted the studio piece would fetch as much as $1.2 million (£750,000) at Friday's sale.
And by ‘life’ I mean Twitter. I know you’ve all been panicking, or perhaps mildly wondering, or maybe even taking momentary solace in the long overdue silence as celebs like Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake silenced their social media habits in the name of Alicia Keys’ charity Keep a Child Alive and its “Digital Death” campaign.
The stars all signed up to temporarily “kill” themselves in a social media sense – no Facebook (gasp!) or Twitter (double gasp!) until they raised $1 million for HIV/AIDS relief in Africa and India. But apparently, fans aren’t as obsessed with reading stars’ Twitter feeds as they had hoped because up until yesterday a week of abstaining had only earned them half of their $1 million goal. Frustrated with their inability to share their random thoughts and ideas with fans, the stars became restless and called in a ringer – billionaire Stewart Rahr threw in the last donation of $500,000 yesterday so the celebs could resurrect their internet selves and return to their PR vehicles.
Perhaps next time, they should just spend their time and effort on donating actual money instead of milking it from their fans. This whole operation was a bit backwards from the start, if you ask me. After all, the celebs are the ones with cash to spare, and they’re racking up the dollars thanks in great part to the fans that love them enough to read and actually miss their tweets and Facebook posts.
Source: NY Post