The stars were out last night, sharing their shine with a good cause. Joining supermodel, Selita Ebanks, Hollywood’s celebrities came out to show their support for educational programs in Sierra Leone.

Hosting the Shine On Sierra Leone 5th Annual Fundraiser alongside Bill Maher, the Victoria Secret Angel and Carol’s Daughter spokeswoman shined a spotlight on the non-profit organization for its work to provide education, mentoring and nutritional support to schools in the west African nation.

Among the stars that came out last night was the beautiful Lisa Bonet. Though she rarely captured by the paparazzi on Los Angeles’ event circuit, the actress and bohemian muse was glowing as she smiled for the cameras. By her side was actor and model, Jason Momoa, recognized most for his Stargate: Atlantis fame.

Other celebrities including Melanie Fiona and Hill Harper attended last night’s event, which raised funds to aid the continued efforts of Shine On Sierra Leone. Introduced to the charity while shooting a spread for ELLE Magazine, the philanthropic Selita donated her $20,000 Celebrity Apprentice prize to the organization. In an interview at the event, Selita says she believes in the organization and it’s potential to improve the lives of the people of the war-torn Sierra Leone- especially its women:

Right now we’re working with the government to rehabilitate Sierra Leone coming out of this long war they had. Now they have a new government, and I think their priorities are being straightened out. I believe health care is one of the main issues, being that they have the highest statistics in all of the nations of child mortality…I think the mission for Shine on Sierra Leone at this point, and myself, in the next five years is just to help lower those statistics. Women haven’t been given the respect or the courtesy of even being women; childbirth is supposed to be something that’s magical in any country that you’re in, and unfortunately it’s being taken away from these babies and their mothers. It’s almost like it’s a curse to get pregnant in Sierra Leone… I just really want the world to be aware of it, just to know that this is happening.

Always great to see celebs using their success to help improve the lives of others. A big kudos to Miss Ebanks!

To learn more about the work of Shine On Sierra Leone visit their website: www.shineonsierraleone.org

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