Superstorm Sandy benefit concert raises $23M for American Red Cross
In this photo provided by NBC, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon, Mark Rivera, and Bruce Springsteen, perform during "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" in New York, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP / NBC, Heidi Gutman)
Published Sunday, November 4, 2012 8:29PM EST
LOS ANGELES -- NBC says its benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross.
Friday's hour-long telethon included performances by artists native to the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel of New York's Long Island. Others who took part in the special included Sting, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart.
The telethon's mood was sombre but hopeful, from Aguilera's "Beautiful" to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer."
Pledges made by phone and online totalled $22.9 million, NBCUniversal and the American Red Cross said.
Sandy's assault last week killed more than 100 people in 10 states and created widespread damage and power outages.