As the champagne flowed and the diamonds sparkled inside the Beverly Hilton at the Golden Globes on Sunday night (January 17), celebrities still managed to keep a focus on the crisis unfolding in Haiti. Everyone from Meryl Streep to Drew Barrymore to Jason Reitman touched on the tragedy during their acceptance speeches.
Streep and many of her fellow Hollywooders, in fact, are using the event as a way to raise money for Haitian relief efforts, as "House" star [movieperson id="342191"]Olivia Wilde[/movieperson] told MTV News on the Globes red carpet.
"We're not only here for 'House' and doing this for ourselves, but we are here for Haiti," she said.
Wilde and her colleagues — including Streep, Josh Brolin, Gerard Butler, Amy Poehler and Jenna Fischer — are auctioning off their Globe outfits for an organization called Artists for Peace and Justice, with all proceeds going to help the people of Haiti. One hundred percent of the proceeds with go directly toward the relief effort.
"It's a really cool thing and hopefully we can turn all this fashion coverage into something positive," said Wilde, who wore a Gucci gown.
The 25-year-old actress traveled to Haiti in December to help build a school, which, according to Us Weekly, was destroyed in the earthquake. As Wilde and the rest of Hollywood gear up to drive donations toward the embattled island nation — including MTV Networks' George Clooney-led telethon set to air on multiple networks and cable channels on Friday (January 22) — the "House" doc also emphasized that young people can pitch in to help, staging everything from bake sales to barbecues to raise much-needed funds.
"Young people can get together and come up with incredible ideas," she said. "Right now they need cash more than anything."