Ovation: “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together”.
In response to Hurricane Sandy, several members of the entertainment community quickly volunteered their time and talent to organize a benefit concert to aid victims of the storm that devastated the Northeast of the United States. On Friday, November 2, 2012, NBCUniversal presented Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together.
Hosted by NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, the live telethon featured performances by Jimmy Fallon with Steven Tyler and Bruce Springsteen on vocals and Billy Joel on piano for a rendition of “Under the Boardwalk;” Christina Aguilera of “Beautiful;” Jon Bon Jovi of a medley of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and “Living on a Prayer;” Billy Joel of “Miami 2017;” Mary J. Blige of “Living Proof;” Sting of “Message in a Bottle;” Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of “Dream On;” and Bruce Springsteen of “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Kevin Bacon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart and NBC News’ Brian Williams also made appearances.
The live telethon generated nearly $23 million in support of victims impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A record number of individual donations by phone, text and online were accepted by the American Red Cross. The volume of website and phone traffic exceeded previous benefit telethons in support of the American Red Cross over the last five years.
“We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy. 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. We also thank the dedicated and talented team at NBCUniversal for the millions of people they have helped through this telethon.” – American Red Cross Chief Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer.
Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will be available online through the weekend.
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