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Sean Penn and celebrity friends help raise a record $37 million for Haitian relief efforts

Sean Penn and celebrity friends help raise a record $37 million for Haitian relief efforts

Sean Penn had no intention to rabble-rouse when he took to the stage at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. Instead, the actor and activist, who has thrown his considerable clout behind the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, quoted Thomas Jefferson, fondly introduced his children Dylan and Hopper, and spoke from his heart at the charity's annual Haiti Rising Gala.

"This is a weird year," said Penn. "I didn't write much of a speech because I didn't know what speech to write. This is post the age of reason. I've never lived here."

Founded in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, J/P HRO...

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