Leo and Kate will be your date, for the right price

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ever yearned to swap tales of the sea with "Ti­tanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet? Well strap on your life jacket, be­cause the pair are auc­tion­ing off a pri­vate din­ner in their ex­clu­sive com­pany for char­ity, a spokesman for the ac­tor told AFP on Tues­day. The glam­orous date-planned for a restau­rant of the win­ner's choice in New York City in the fall-is among sev­eral lots be­ing of­fered at the star-stud­ded Leonardo DiCaprio Foun­da­tion gala in the French re­sort of Saint-Tropez on Thurs­day.

The en­vi­ron­men­tally-minded char­ity raised $45 mil­lion dur­ing its auc­tion last year, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les Times. Os­car win­ners DiCaprio, 42, and Winslet, 41, played star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose in James Cameron's 1998 retelling of the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic, and were re­united in 2009 as a war­ring cou­ple in "Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Road." While sav­ing the planet has been DiCaprio's pre­oc­cu­pa­tion for years, Winslet is in­volved with char­i­ties help­ing autis­tic chil­dren, as well as or­ga­ni­za­tions for the home­less and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple with can­cer.

The lot is the lat­est ex­am­ple of a bur­geon­ing celebrity trend of of­fer­ing din­ner dates or other face-to-face meet­ings to raise cash for char­ity. Bri­tish ac­tor Idris Elba agreed to share Valen­tine's Day this year with the high­est bid­der in aid of the "W.E. Can Lead" ini­tia­tive, which pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion for African young­sters. "It is one of the eas­i­est ways for celebri­ties to con­trib­ute," a public re­la­tions spe­cial­ist told AFP on con­di­tion of anonymity, adding that it gen­er­ates huge amounts of cash. — AFP

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

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