Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is among a handful of celebrities pitching in to help a new charitable foundation that was set up to honor one of two Tequesta teenagers who went missing at sea in July.
Pamela Cohen and Nicholas Korniloff, mother and stepfather of Perry Cohen, are working in Miami as directors of Art Miami, which is part of the popular international art show Art Basel.
The exposure to the art crowd has helped raise awareness to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
Instagram accounts belonging to Pamela Cohen and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation show separate photos of DiCaprio, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, musician Bernie Taupin, (Elton John’s longtime collaborator), and Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody showing their support for the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
The foundation, announced last Sunday, is a nonprofit aimed at teaching people about boating safety following Cohen’s disappearance with Austin Stephanos on July 24. It will also provide scholarship money to marine science students and funding for search-and-rescue efforts.
DiCaprio, who posed with Cohen and Korniloff in a photograph earlier this week, made an undisclosed donation to the foundation, according to the Miami Herald.
Korniloff and Cohen gave DiCaprio “the first ‘Perry Jacket’ to benefit” the new foundation, according to the Instagram photo.
DiCaprio, an Art Basel regular, spent time with Cohen and Korniloff less than three weeks before the Dec. 25 premiere of his upcoming Oscar-buzz movie The Revenant.
Stephanos’ parents, Blu Stephanos and Carly Black, launched a similar nonprofit, the AustinBlu Foundation, in August.
Several art-related T shirts are being sold at the fair with proceeds benefiting the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.