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Hurricane Sandy Telethon raises $23 million

By Jon Hall,
Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Christina Aguilera perform

The Hurricane Sandy Telethon put on by the Red Cross and NBC Universal early this weekend raised $23 million. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera performed concerts to raise the funds that would be used to support victims that have been impacted by the hurricane.

According to USA Today, the telethon's effectiveness was profound, however American Red Cross Chief Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer says that more donations will be needed.

"We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy," she said in a statement. "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."

Additional performers on the night included Sting, Aerosmith and Mary J. Blige, Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Brian Williams and Danny DeVito.

According to E! Online, celebrities Ben Stiller and Alec Baldwin did their own part in helping Sandy victims. Stiller was spotted serving food to people in a Brooklyn shelter and Baldwin was seen talking to NYU students who were living at the Kimmel Center after being evacuated from their dorms.

Check out the video of Baldwin visiting students below.

 

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