Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres host benefit in New Orleans to help the Make It Right Foundation
by Allyson Koerner
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Brad Pitt and Ellen DeGeneres put their resources and minds together this past weekend to benefit the city of New Orleans.

Helping The Big Easy hits close to home for DeGeneres as she grew up in Louisiana and for Pitt, well he’s been lending a helping hand to the city ever since Hurricane Katrina. So, the two decided to host a benefit together.

Held at the Hyatt Regency, the “A Night to Make It Right Gala” charity event joined celebrities of all kinds including Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, Seal, Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and many others. Stars paid $1,000 and up just for a seat. They also enjoyed dinner made by chefs John Besh and Emeril Lagasse.

After the gala, a fundraising event was held where Snoop Dogg and Kanye West performed. “Even though these people don’t like me that much, it really was simple. They carved this time out of their schedule strictly for this event, and came on their own dime,” Pitt said.

Both events raised about $4 million for Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which helps in the rebuilding of New Orleans ever since the aftermath of Katrina. Pitt also ensures each home is built using green materials and with the utmost sustainable care.

Founded four years ago, the 48-year-old actor’s organization is still committed when it comes to the transformation of the Lower Ninth Ward. The goal is to build 150 homes.

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