At the Golden Globes, many of the well-dressed stars walking the red carpet will be flaunting their expensive gowns and posh accessories for a good cause. After the ceremony, they’ll be auctioning off their entire outfits online and donating the proceeds to tsunami relief, the Associated Press reports. It’s a charity effort organized by Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and husband Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), through the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation, which the TV power couple founded in 2002. Since then, the organization has run similar auctions of red carpet fashions after the Emmys, with the proceeds going to U.S. children’s charities, but this is the first time Clothes Off Our Back will be working on behalf of people in need overseas. No word yet on which celebrities will participate.
Stars have been responding in their own fashion to the needs of survivors of the Dec. 26 disaster. George Clooney has been helping recruit performers to appear on the Jan. 15 telethon to be simulcast by NBC and its sister cable outlets. Willie Nelson and Sting are headlining at fundraising concerts (Nelson’s is this weekend in Texas; Sting’s next month in Australia). Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres are auctioning off vehicles via their talk shows (a celebrity-autographed Harley-Davidson motorcycle on The Tonight Show, a Prius electric car on Ellen). Linkin Park joined with the American Red Cross to found Music for Relief, seeding the ad hoc charity with a $100,000 donation that has in turn attracted donations from Jay-Z, Hoobastank, Michelle Branch, Korn, and Staind, according to MTV News. Also reaching into their own wallets to donate to various charities were Sandra Bullock (who ponied up $1 million) and Steven Spielberg ($1.5 million). The biggest celebrity donation so far is the $10 million pledged by German race car driver Michael Schumacher, People reports. The seven-time Formula One champ’s bodyguard, Burkhard Cramer, was vacationing in Phuket, Thailand with his two sons when the waves hit; all were lost.