Hurricane Sandy Telethon Raises Nearly $23M: ‘We Urge the Public to Continue to Give,’ Says American Red Cross
Friday’s hour-long NBC telethon for Hurricane Sandy victims raised nearly $23 million, the network and the American Red Cross confirmed the next day.
Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together featured performances from New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, New Yorkers Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and guests Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Bacon.
“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy,” American Red Cross Chief Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer said in a statement.
“Our preliminary results of nearly $23 million raised are an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster. Their generous donations will go directly to those in need, and we urge the public to continue to give.”
Hurricane Sandy tore up the east coast on Monday night, leaving millions without power as homes were destroyed and major areas were forever reshaped.
The death toll has since climbed to more than 110, with New York hit the hardest, according to Reuters.