George Clooney has raised $1.2 million (£750,000) for his satellite project in Sudan after inviting fans to purchase $10 (£6.25) raffle tickets to win a date with the Hollywood hunk. The Ocean's Eleven star launched the competition online last month (Jan14) to help fund the Satellite Sentinel Project, which searches out and captures atrocities and illegal activity in the former warzone from hundreds of miles above the earth.
He recently revealed the monitoring costs $3 million (£1.9 million) a year to run, but the actor won't have to worry about funds for the next three months thanks to the highly-successful raffle initiative.
The lucky winner, Texas woman Jean Allen, was invited to join Clooney on the red carpet for the world premiere of his new movie The Monuments Men in New York on Tuesday (04Feb14), and he even treated the single mum and her eight-year-old daughter, Victoria, to a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman studios earlier in the day, when he taped an interview for Tuesday night's broadcast.
Speaking to reporters at the premiere, Allen gushed about Clooney, telling ABC News, "George has been amazing. He would make a great dad."
Clooney previously revealed his salaries from foreign TV advertisements have helped to pay for the satellite monitoring activity, which he runs with activist pal John Prendergast, the co-founder of the Enough Project.
George Clooney makes foreign TV ads just to keep his satellite monitoring activity on the border of Sudan up in the skies. The actor's Satellite Sentinel Project, which searches out and captures atrocities and illegal activity in the former warzone from hundreds of miles above the earth, costs Clooney and activist pal John Prendergast, the co-founder of the Enough Project, $3 million (£1.9 million) a year to run, and the Oscar winner admits his salaries from coffee ads and the like help to pay for it.
He explains, "I'll do a coffee commercial overseas or I'll do some stuff and that'll pay for it.
"It's expensive to do, but we've been able to collect a lot of photos that the International Criminal Court is using, so it's been extraordinarily successful too, so we're gonna keep doing it."
Clooney will be raising more money for his satellite project by offering up himself up as a date to the Oscars for one lucky fan.
For $10 (£6.25), fans can register for the chance to hit the red carpet with the star on 2 March (14) as part of an online fundraising initiative.