Hurricane Sandy telethon raises $23 million for victims

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Americans have pulled together in the wake of the devastation left when Hurricane Sandy touched land, leaving many parts of the East coast in ruins. Thanks to the telethon, which was presented by NBC and the Red Cross, $23 million was raised to help the victims of Monday’s epic storm.

In a statement released by American Red Cross Chief of Marketing Officer Peggy Dyer, as reported by USA Today, Dyer states, "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."

As previously reported, the telethon, titled Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, was hosted by Matt Lauer, and joined together the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Bacon, Sting, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Billy Joel, among others.

Bon Jovi and Billy Joel are from the East coast, with Joel from New York and Bon Jovi famously from New Jersey. Both of the singers were obviously moved by the images of the destroyed areas on the East coast as they sang some of their greatest hits.

According to reports, the money received from the telethon will go directly to the victims.

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