LOS ANGELES -- Organizers for the all-star "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon say the event raised $57 million -- and counting.
"The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief
telethon with 'Hope for Haiti Now,' and the donations continue to
come in," Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment
Industry Foundation, said in a statement released Saturday. The
group is helping to oversee the funds gathered from the event.
The two-hour telethon aired Friday night on the major networks
and dozens of other channels, including MTV, Bravo, and PBS, and
was also streamed live online. Stars like Brad Pitt, Beyonce,
Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Wyclef Jean, who helped organize the event, used their presence to
encourage donations for Haiti, following a Jan. 12 earthquake that
killed an estimated 200,000 people.
The total released Saturday includes money raised by phone, text
and the Web. It does not include donations by corporations or via
iTunes, where people are able to buy performances of the event for
99 cents each, or the entire album for $7.99. Those funds also go
to Haiti relief.
The "Hope for Haiti Now" CD is the biggest one-day pre-order
in the site's history and the new song "Stranded (Haiti Mon
Amour)" by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono and the Edge, debuted during the
telethon, is the No. 1 single on iTunes.
People can donate via text, phone or through the "Hope for
Haiti" website for the next six months. Among the organizations
who will receive funds from the telethon include Oxfam America, UNICEF, and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Foundation.
Donations can be made:
online at www.hopeforhaitinow.org
by phone at (877) 99-HAITI
by texting "Give" to 50555
by mailing Hope for Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry
Foundation, 1201 W. Fifth St., Ste. T-700, Los Angeles, 90017.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, toppling buildings and killing an estimated 200,000 people, according to Haitian officials.
Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney are reportedly among several celebrities who have donated $1 million or more to the recovery efforts.
The list of other celebrities making such donations includes Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
"Hope for Haiti" Telethon Raises $57 Million So Far
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