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Bill Clinton’s ‘lifetime achievement award’ from a charity looked an awful lot like a huge bag of cash

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By Doug Powers  •  May 29, 2015 01:03 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

If you want to set the proper mood before proceeding, drop the needle on the unofficial Clinton Foundation theme song:

The gist of this NYT story is this: “Founder of huge ‘charity’ demands large donation from much smaller ‘charity’ in order to come pick up glass trophy thing and ask model who gave it to him what she’s doing later on tonight.”

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Petra Nemcova, a Czech model who survived the disaster by clinging to a palm tree, decided to pull out all the stops for the annual fund-raiser of her school-building charity, the Happy Hearts Fund.

She booked Cipriani 42nd Street, which greeted guests with Bellini cocktails on silver trays. She flew in Sheryl Crow with her band and crew for a 20-minute set. She special-ordered heart-shaped floral centerpieces, heart-shaped chocolate parfaits, heart-shaped tiramisù and, because orange is the charity’s color, an orange carpet rather than a red one. She imported a Swiss auctioneer and handed out orange rulers to serve as auction paddles, playfully threatening to use hers to spank the highest bidder for an Ibiza vacation.

The gala cost $363,413. But the real splurge? Bill Clinton.

The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds — enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.

I shudder to think how much Bill would charge somebody to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Clinton Foundation.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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