20 July, 2016, 8:00pm CEST (Saint-Tropez, France)
Simon de Pury
It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the third Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation St. Tropez Gala. Chaired by the formidable Milutin Gatsby, the foundation has put together an exceptional event with top artworks curated by Lisa Schiff and unique experiences donated from people around the world.
Lisa Schiff has been doing an invaluable job in helping to secure very strong artworks and Andy Boose will be the expert producer of this stellar event.
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships we support innovative projects that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
LDF is currently underway supporting and funding more than 112 cutting-edge projects that directly address our climate crisis while protecting threatened ecosystems, endangered wildlife and indigenous communities in 48 countries and all 5 oceans.
Significant progress has been made in just the past year. The Foundation expanded our efforts to protect ocean ecosystems from destructive, rampant overfishing, to defend enormous swaths of rainforest against logging, to protect gorillas, elephants and black rhinos in Africa, to empower local indigenous tribes in the Amazon to protect their lands and rights, and to save wild tigers and snow leopards in Asia. Working hand in hand with our partners, local communities and leaders around the globe, we are making a difference.
We are extremely proud of all that we have achieved, but the threat facing our planet remains enormous – and time is quickly running out. The next several years are critical. We can move our planet in the right direction, but there is a lot of work to be done.
Charitable auctions like this one help us generate the funds necessary to empower our partners on the ground around the world. We are excited to share this amazing collection of artwork, unique items, and incredible experiences that have been so generously donated to our effort this year. All the funds raised through this effort will help us turn the tide in the battle to protect our beautiful planet.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is a component fund of California Community Foundation, a registered 501 (c)(3) US organization. Gifts may be eligible for a tax deduction, please consult your tax advisor.
SFA Art Advisory
Schiff Fine Art (SFA) is a full service art advisory that specializes in modern and contemporary art. SFA clients include individuals, corporations, foundations, and institutions on a global scale. SFA works with clients to build and manage collections and foundations, with a desire to meet their unique needs, objectively and with discretion. SFA develops new initiatives in the realm of contemporary art programming including live events, large-scale exhibitions, and strategic partnerships. SFA realizes all aspects of a curatorial and advisory project from inception to installation inclusive of research, selection process, project management, production, and presentation. SFA has offices in New York, Portland, Los Angeles, and London.