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The stars were out at the Golden Globes in Hollywood this weekend, and many used the opportunity to raise awareness of the Haitian earthquake and ask fans to dig in their pockets and donate.

“I come to Golden Globes weekend and I am really, honestly conflicted — how to have my happy movie self in the face of everything I’m aware of in the real world,” said Meryl Streep, who picked up the Best Actress accolade for Julie and Julia. "And I want to say that’s when I have my mother’s voice coming to me, saying, ‘Shoot some money to Partners in Health, put the dress on, put on a smile and be damn grateful you have the dollars to help.’ "

The star also revealed that, when the dress comes off, it will go straight to a charity auction to raise money for victims of the disaster. Gerard Butler, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde and Any Poehler will also donate their Awards Night outfits to the auction – beginning on eBay on January 25.

Other stars who used the Awards to appeal for donations included Nicole Kidman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and Neil Patrick Harris.

“I’m just waiting for silver linings,” Neil Patrick Harris told MTV News on the red carpet. "There are a lot of wonderful people who have banded together and sent money to the Red Cross. It’s a very worldly problem and it’s impressive to see so many factions of the world uniting financially. It’s really bad over there right now."

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