Denzel, wife Pauletta help raise $17M for African-American museum

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Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta held an event at their Los Angeles home in order to raise money for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

And boy, did they ever.

According to Variety, event on Saturday raised more than $17 million for the project. Included in that amount was a pledge of $10 million by Shonda Rhimes.

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“There is such a historical significance to this project,’’ said Washington. “It means so much for our community, our country and to future generations.’’

Pauletta Washington, a noted Broadway performer and accomplished pianist, was in attendance and opened the evening’s event with the Lord’s Prayer.

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“In this climate where so much money is being raised for the Presidency and The White House, it is incredible to have the support we received,’’ said Pauletta Washington.  “It’s good knowing that even with so much going on, people are committed to making sure that this museum is successful.’’

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The museum is a favorite project of President Barack Obama, who said that he hoped to have the museum completed before he leaves office.

The museum is set to open later this year on September 24.

Read more about Denzel’s fundraiser here