Not many celebrities have given as much time and effort into charity and awareness as George Clooney has. His philanthropic efforts over the years have been nothing short of incredible. While Clooney sits on the board of trustees for the United Way, and supports the ONE Campaign, which fights poverty worldwide, his main focus over the past decade has been the violence and hunger occuring in Sudan- particularly in Darfur.
When it became clear several years ago that politics and international restrictions limited what the American government could do to help the people in Sudan, Clooney founded "Not On Our Watch" with his Ocean's 11 co-stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. The foundation is geared toward bringing meaningful attention to the extreme violence occurring in Darfur, and the poverty and hunger that is rampant in the area. In an attempt to learn the truth about the happenings in the region, Clooney and the foundation started the Satellite Sentinel Project, which takes satellite images of the area to gather information. Though the program has faced some criticism, Clooney has said, "We are the anti-genocide paparazzi." He says the information gathered by the satellites proves that genocide is indeed taking place, and can be used as evidence to then take action.
Clooney's latest donation was just announced by auction house Gooding and Company. They will be auctioning off Clooney's 2008 Tesla Roadster as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance showcase August 18-19. Proceeds will go to the Satellite Sentinel Project. The car is said to be worth approximately $125,000, but the fact that it's George Clooney's car- as well as the fact that it's got just 1700 miles on it- should boost the value considerably.
Gooding and Company's president David Gooding announced, "We are overjoyed to present George Clooney's Signature 100 Tesla at Pebble Beach because this is an incredible opportunity to purchase a modern collector car with all the right elements. We admire and respect Mr. Clooney's talent and dedication to making a difference in our international community, and hope his fantastic car will attract great support for the Satellite Sentinel Project and recognition of the lives his work saves every day."