Celebs Shine On Needs Of Haitian Amputees
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Mick Jagger was among the mega-celebrities who recently showed up at the Scholastic Building in SoHo for a VIP event and auction to bring relief to earthquake victims who lost limbs in Haiti.
"We're all here to support [the New York Dermatology Group] Foundation and the Hanger Foundation, and what that is a way to raise money for all the people who lost limbs in the Haitian earthquake of January 12," says Dr. David Colbert of Rx-Haiti and NYDG Foundation. "So all these people here, all these movie stars and Mick Jagger and Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz, are here to raise awareness."
Although Mick wasn't talking, Naomi Watts took up the slack.
"Well, I think what's going on in Haiti is really specific and really immediate, and I have done a lot already and this is just another good reason to show up because this still a great need for attention," says Watts.
Rachel Weisz also supports the cause.
"I really love charities that hone in on a very small but a very kind of doable thing," says Weisz. "It's $1,500 to get one prosthetic limb, being an arm or a leg for a man, woman or child. And they're hoping to raise that tonight, and it seems like an achievable aim."
The VIP tickets cost $750 each, but that wasn't the only way to support the charity. There was also an auction of guitars signed by Mick Jagger and fellow Rolling Stones, Keith Richards and Ron Wood. Another guitar was signed by Taylor Swift and another was signed by Bono. Serena and Venus Williams signed tennis rackets and photographer Mark Seliger auctioned a photo of Giselle dressed as an Indian.
As Mick Jagger told yours truly privately at the event, the need in Haiti is far from over and all of us should support this very important cause.