The Queen of Pop is joining forces with the Prince of Monaco for a very important cause. Madonna has been named one of the event chairs at the Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, a glitzy soiree being presided over by Prince Albert. The Monegasque royal and the musical icon has both put environmental causes at the forefront of their charity work and activism, so this seems like a match made in fundraising heaven!
"Taking care of the planet is incredibly important to me, so I am delighted to be supporting HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and his foundation," said Madonna, who released the charity track "Hey You" for the Live Earth campaign in 2007. "The serenity and life of the oceans are under threat - we can make a difference now and should do everything possible to preserve it. The Monte Carlo Gala in September couldn't be more needed to raise the money to help save our oceans."
Madonna, who marks her milestone 60th birthday on Aug. 16, joins a star-studded roster of event chairs that includes Orlando Bloom, Goldie Hawn, Adrien Brody, Eva Longoria, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant, Diane Lane, Robert F Kennedy, Andy Garcia, Olga Kurylenko and Chris Tucker. The evening's co-chairs are some of the most beautiful women in the world, like models Karolina Kurkova, Sara Sampaio, Shanina Shaik, Karlie Kloss and Adriana Lima. Global Fundraising Chairman and philanthropist Milutin Gatsby, founder of the event, will also act as host.
Prince Albert, 60, has long been an advocate for saving the sea, which he calls "our lifeblood," and launched this gala last year to raise money for the cause. "Our living standards, economy and even our health depends on it. However, pressures from climate change and marine pollution are putting our ocean under severe stress," he explained, adding that we can still turn it around. "I believe that there is hope, if we work hand-in-hand."
Last year's gala honoured Oscar winner and fierce environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio with The Award of the Albert Monaco Foundation and raised enough money to put in place 37 new marine conservation programs in different parts of the world, plus two programs to fight plastic pollution. The actor was also responsible for Madonna and Prince Albert crossing paths last year at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's fundraiser in St Tropez, where Her Madgesty performed a surprise series of hits to help raise $30 million for the planet.