NBC telethon raises $23 million for Sandy victims
Some of music’s biggest stars rocked out for relief — and raised some serious aid for those affected by superstorm Sandy.
NBC’s benefit telethon Friday night, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” brought in nearly $23 million for the American Red Cross’ efforts related to the devastating storm that has shaken New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and other parts of the East Coast, NBC and the Red Cross announced Sunday.
Local music legend Billy Joel, a Long Islander, and New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi performed during the hour-long show, which aired on many networks.
Springsteen and the E Street Band closed out the show with the tune “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
During the telethon, which was filmed at NBC’s studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and funnyman Jon Stewart also shared some of their experiences growing up in New Jersey.
Sting, Christina Aguilera, Jimmy Fallon, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith band members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford also performed.
“Today” show anchor Matt Lauer hosted the event.