By Angelique Johnson

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 09: Sean Penn speaks at the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for J/P HRO)

As the saying goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This past Saturday, many A-¬≠list¬†entertainers and moguls converged upon the Montage in Beverly Hills to show their support for ‚ÄčSean Penn ‚Äčand friends 5th annual ‚ÄčHelp Haiti Home‚Äč Gala, benefiting ‚Äčthe J/P Haitian Relief Organization‚Äč. Together, they raised awareness and a much needed $7 million, which will be used toward saving lives and building sustainable programs with the Haitian people.

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Garcelle Beauvais (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for J/P HRO)

‚ÄúI have a vested interest in this…I‚Äôm Haitian,‚ÄĚ said ‚ÄčGarcelle Beauvais. ‚ÄúSo it‚Äôs really important to me that my country gets this kind of awareness. And it‚Äôs amazing that these kind of people can make people listen…Even though the earthquake was more than 5 years ago, there‚Äôs still a lot of work to be done.‚ÄĚ Also in attendance were notable Haitians entertainers and dignitaries such as ‚ÄčJimmy Jean- ¬≠Louis‚Äč, ‚ÄčLaurent Lamothe (former Haitian Prime Minister 2012-¬≠2014), and‚Äč Jean¬≠-Max Bellerive‚Äč (former Prime Minister, Haiti, 2009-¬≠2011).

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 09: Actress Pamela Anderson (L) and son Brandon Thomas Lee attend the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for J/P HRO)

Pamela Anderson shared her observations. ‚ÄúSean‚Äôs different, Sean‚Äôs like a warrior…I know a lot of people like that…people that really DO things…I really respond to people that are very brave and take a cause on.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄčEven a warrior could have a soft spot. Penn‚Äôs extreme passion and devotion to doing something for the the people of Haiti, was choked up by tears while speaking about the difficulty of finding treatment for a teenager with diphtheria.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 09: Musician Tom Petty performs onstage during the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for J/P HRO)[/caption]

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 09: Anderson Cooper speaks at the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for J/P HRO)[/caption]

Additional guests, including ‚ÄčAnderson Cooper‚Äč, ‚ÄčLeonardo DiCaprio‚Äč, ‚ÄčTracy Hamilton‚Äč, ‚ÄčSoliel Moon Frye‚Äč, Honorees ‚ÄčSegolene Royal ‚Äč&‚ÄčBill Evans‚Äčattested to the accomplishments J/P HRO has made while striving to aid Haitians in numerous ways.

Please visit ‚ÄčJPHRO.ORG‚Äč. ‚ÄčYour donation is vital to helping our fellow neighbors rebuild.¬†

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