NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon raised $23 million in support on Friday night to help victims of Hurricane Sandy recover from the storm.
Following star-studded performances by such names as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and more, the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon raised $23 million in financial support through the American Red Cross.
The $23 million generated for Hurricane Sandy is about half as much as the telethon for Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which raised $40 million.
During the Hurricane Sandy telethon, hosted by Matt Lauer of the Today show, some of the biggest names in entertainment turned up on NBC to show their support. Christina Aguilera gave a stand out performance of her 2002 hit “Beautiful” while Steven Tyler performed the Aerosmith classic “Dream On” and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band showed their support with “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Other celebrities on hand for the Hurricane Sandy telethon included Sting, Mary J. Blige. Kevin Bacon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, and Jimmy Fallon.
In response to the final total raised through Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, Peggy Dyer, Chief marketing official for the American Red Cross, issued a statement of gratitude:
“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy,” said Dyer. “Our preliminary results of nearly $23 million raised are an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster.”
The Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon aired this past Friday on NBC.