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Another Reason To Love Leonardo DiCaprio

Sunday September 7, 2014    11:10 AM

Celebrity ice bucket challenge videos have filled news feeds across America for weeks. Fortunately, at least a few of those willing public figures aren't just talking the good deed talk -- they're opening their thick wallets to combat ALS, too.

Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and David Spade have donated more to the ALS Association than any other celebrities, according to the organization. ALSA confirmed to The Huffington Post that each star donated $100,000 to fight the neurodegenerative disease that affects about 30,000 Americans at any given time.

"People have responded with such generosity it is truly remarkable and we couldn't be more appreciative," Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of the association, said in a statement released Aug. 29. "These donations will truly help fuel our fight against ALS in ways that were never before possible."

DiCaprio and Spade are two of four individuals who gave gifts of $100,000, the association said. John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile U.S., and Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Cruise Lines, also gave gifts equaling that amount.

Dozens of other celebrities have captured their ice bucket challenges on film -- from Chris Pratt and Lady Gaga to Jennifer Aniston and George W. Bush.

The organization said on Wednesday that total donations from the viral challenge have surpassed $107 million.


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