When Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in late August, thousands of people were left homeless, hundreds were reported missing and at least 61 died – among them a relative of Lenny Kravitz, whose grandfather was from the Bahamas. Kravitz has not returned to his home on Eleuthera Island since the hurricane, but the Bahamas was not far from his mind.
On Thursday night in Miami, Kravitz joined forces with Sean Penn and his respective organizations – Let Love Rule and A testimony, an acronym for Organized Community Aid Effort – to offer a benefit to victims of Hurricane Dorian. Together with their co-hosts – venture capitalist Vivi Nevo, Chrome Hearts co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark, real estate developer Craig Robins and hotelier Alan Faena – Kravitz and Penn met at a beach shack in Soho Beach House which included Leonardo DiCaprio Jared Leto, Helena Christensen, Richie Akiva, Bella Hadid, Karolina Kurkova, Soleil Moon Frye and Dustin Yellin.
"I knew I had to come to Art Basel," said Kravitz. “So I thought it would be a good stop and we set it up quickly.” Faena said of Penn and Kravitz: “They are doing very well and supporting this kind of natural disaster because I love them all, and they were in Miami, so all these conditions make me support them and be here for them, ”said Faena.
“Bahamians are amazing people. I am very proud to come from the Bahamas lineage and they are very resilient, very strong, very spiritual, ”said Kravitz. “They have a lot of faith. People are doing their best to stand and continue and many people are displaced. Many people are not at home where they should be. They are on different islands or in the United States or Canada or wherever they are. But there are many people who are still there trying to gather what they can, just to have some kind of shelter. "
Ann Lee, CEO of Core, was in the Bahamas just a week after the hurricane, with a team of doctors sent from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, who had her own experience in disaster relief. after Hurricane Maria in 2017. "Together we did a damage assessment with them," Lee said. "So quickly after that, we were able to devote ourselves to debris removal and to work with communities to get psychosocial support, because many they have been traumatized and often it is one of those things that is really ignored. "
"I'd like to say how nice it is to see you all here tonight, but after burning Miami night last night, my eyes are a little blurry," joked Penn, who attended Dom Pérignon's dinner at Alan's house Faena, California. last night. "I'm here as living proof that not all disasters are natural." Penn then described a threat he received from Lee. “Once our CEO, with our first teams, landed on the ground, and I began to wonder if we would have funds to take care of what we had to do there, she said,“ I'm going give up and never talk to that again. See you again. Get the money for us. Then, on Thursday night, Penn began receiving this money through a silent live auction.
DiCaprio donated two works for the live auction, a 2017 Kenny Scharf painting that had an initial bid of $ 100,000 and sold for $ 130,000 and an Andy Warhol drawing of a cat named Pink Sam that started for $ 5,000. . Leto was involved in the bidding war, placing a six-digit bid in the illustration, but lost to a bid of $ 140,000.