12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert raises at least $30 million

By Daniel S Levine,

The 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday raised millions for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in New York and New Jersey. The Robin Hood Relief Fund is just beginning to count the donations and said on Friday that it is up to $30 million.

The organization told MTV News the $30 million includes just ticket revenue and corporate sponsorships and donations. That total will likely continue to grow, since Internet and phone donations have yet to be counted. It expects to have a firm number by Monday.

According to HauteLiving, organizers hope to make more than $56 million from the concert. That’s how much The Concert for New York City made after 9/11. It featured many of the same artists who performed Wednesday.

The Robin Hood Relief Fund will also be auctioning off autographed items and will be selling merchandise. The concert will also be released on CD and DVD and is available on iTunes.

Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Who, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys and Kanye West are just a few of the celebrities who participated in the five-hour event. It was aired live on several US cable channels and streamed live around the world.

Donations are still being accepted at 121212concert.org.

image: 121212concert.org



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