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This year’s Cannes Film Festival may get very busy for Haiti fundraising.

The word is that Chopard may be helping Penelope Cruz organize an auction of stars’ gowns and other high priced items for May 19th.

Cruz has already pledged $50,000 a year to building schools in the earthquake-devastated nation.

Her impetus comes from pal Sean Penn who I’m told is still in Haiti working with volunteers. Penn has been devoted to this cause since January. He’s expected in Cannes though to promote his film, “Fair Game.”

Cruz and boyfriend Javier Bardem each made pledges to Haiti relief. But Penn apparently has implored her to do something at Cannes to keep awareness of the dire situation alive. If the auction happens, sources say the minimum bids will be $20,000. Frankly, some of the billionaires who come to Cannes could just write $1 million checks and be done with it. They’d never miss the money!

PS At some point, Bono and Wyclef Jean will show up at the film festival, too. Bono and Penelope are usually velcro’d together at events. If Cruz auctions and other two play some music, maybe with Mick Jagger–also set to be in town–Haiti has a fighting chance!

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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