Last week, we reported that actor Josh Duhamel would be hosting his second charity run along Santa Monica beach, this time to benefit Japan and tsunami relief. Well, the run took place on Sunday and it was a big success!
A rare Los Angeles downpour wasn’t enough to keep over 4,000 people from participating in the run, which Duhamel hosted in cooperation with tokidoki (the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand) and footwear company Puma. Among the celebrities in attendance were “Glee” star Diana Agron, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, “I Am Number Four” star Teresa Palmer, and of course Duhamel’s wife Fergie.
Puma’s PR team reports that the run earned $130,000 on Sunday alone, and tokidoki raised another $90,000 in shirt sales with Japanese animé-style art. Meanwhile, Puma has donated $3.5 million to the Red Cross and will be donating shoes to those affected by the tsunami who have lost their belongings.
The earnings from this relief run are even higher than from Duhamel’s last relief run in 2010, which raised $100,000 to benefit Haiti. It looks like we have a rising Ecorazzi star in Duhamel, who really stepped up to help out those affected by the Japan earthquake. Way to go Josh!
For more on the Relief Run or to donate to the cause, check out the website for the event.