Thailand's Elephants Get the Celebrity Treatment
Great news for those who happen to love mandolin twangs and pachyderms too: Charles Kelley of the Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum is teaming up with Thailand's King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament to raise money for Southeast Asia's elephants.
Along with elephant-loving celebrities from three other countries, including Thai beauty pagent winners and Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton's recently appointed style director, Kelley will deck out a tiny, bland elephant figurine called "George" with a trunkload of accessories. After the Georges have been thoroughly decorated and imbued with the value-raising celebrity touch, they'll be auctioned at a ritzy gala at the Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa on Sept. 10 to kick off the elephant polo festivities.
Throughout the King's Cup's brief history, which began in 2001, it's raised more than $300,000 for Thailand's elephant charities. Last year's proceeds went to the Thai Elephant Therapy Project, which pairs autistic children with elephants. This year's money goes to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, which cares for injured and abused elephants. The group is also working to protect Thailand's remaining wild herd.