Sandy telethon raises nearly $23 million, MTV to air fundraiser
November 5th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Sandy telethon raises nearly $23 million, MTV to air fundraiser

Friday night's concert telethon to benefit Sandy relief efforts was a success, having raised nearly $23 million, NBC reports.

NBC Universal aired the program across its networks, and included performances from stars who hail from locations affected by the storm, such as Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen (New Jersey), Billy Joel (Long Island), and Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera (New York City).

After witnessing the damage done in his home state, Bon Jovi said Friday that "It was hard to see your hometown devastated like this ... my grammar school turned into a shelter, people's homes gone and them saying to me, 'We are homeless, we never intended to be homeless.' These are hard-working, blue-collar people."

The rocker, who immediately interrupted a European press junket in London to fly home last week, performed "Living on a Prayer" during the live telethon while Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler did a cover of "Under the Boardwalk."

They were joined by a number of famous faces, including Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito and NBC News' Brian Williams. The hour-long, commercial-free event, called "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," was hosted by Matt Lauer. Proceeds from the telethon are going toward the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter and other forms of assistance to those impacted by Sandy.

Meanwhile, the "Jersey Shore" cast and MTV are also doing their part with a TV special called "Restore the Shore," which will encourage viewers to assist in the rebuilding of Seaside Heights, where the reality show is set.

The network has partnered with Architecture for Humanity to create a "Restore the Shore" fund for donations, which will be "principally directed toward the rebuilding of the famed Seaside Heights boardwalk, as well as supporting the re-building efforts of businesses and residents in the community," MTV says in a statement.

The event will air live from the network's Times Square studio at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 15, and will feature the "Jersey Shore" cast as well as other special guests. (There will be a tape-delay for the West coast.)

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  1. caloosa

    Give me a freaking break! I just can't believe all the money being raised in these telethons for people who's homes are worth more than half a million dollars! These so called "victims" are laughing all the way to the bank. They will make a killing in either a real estate sale or insurance settlement. If you want to contribute to these people that own some of the most expensive real estate in a country then truly you are one of those fools who is parted from his money and his senses!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. usanimalprotection

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    November 12, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. LB Colorado

    I am pretty sure Wall Street can take care of their own. I feel the same way, donated to Katrina and Haiti and have heard horror stories. I will not contribute to greed, give me names and addresses of real people that will get the money, I will send it to them not agencies.

    November 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. No Thanks

    I gave to Katrina and heard the money was squandered; I gave to Haiti and heard that the country politician took most of that donationa s well. Sorry . . . you're on your own - hope FEMA gets to you soon.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiftyfive55

      I hate to be hard hearted but I agree with you,my donations were stolen from the same folks you mentioned.Let the insurance companies pay,let FEMA do what their paid to do(heroes dont do it for pay).

      November 8, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sandy is the worst thing that could happen to anyone...

    these people have nothing because of Sandy and they have not clothing, nothing to wash themselves, cannot go to school because of this digusting dreaded Sandy hurricane.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Well, some New Yorkers are getting a taste what it's like to be homeless. Hope those who weren't compassionate about the homeless before this will now remember what it's like and be tolerant from now on. I say this due to an aquaintance who lives on Long Island and never gives to charities and feel the homeless are not to be helped.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • East of Eden


      NYC has a right to shelter law. If anyone finds themselves homeless in NYC they can have access to services if they are in fact homeless and aren't trying to milk the system. We have people from all over the country and world utilizing this. The city has had to take measures on verification because in these stark economic times the shelters are at or near capacity. Maybe more cities should funnel resources to try to follow suit.

      November 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fiftyfive55

    I sent a tidy sum of money to help the new orleans people when they got hit with disaster and it turned out the money got stolen and used for other things rather than relief.I now realize these people have insurance to pay them,FEMA to aid them and a host of other agencies we already pay to help folks in these situations.Let the insurance companies pay,God knows we pay them enough in premiums.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy is the worst thing that could happen to anyone...

    these people have nothing because of Sandy and they have not clothing, nothing to wash themselves, cannot go to school because of this digusting dreaded Sandy hurricane.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. nancy

    I watched the show on Friday night.....and wanted to make a donation. but the 800 Number was not accessible from Canada.......why would the American Red Cross not want my money? You should make the number accessible from ALL of North America....we want to help too....but the only option I am given is to donate to the Canadian Red Cross.....not good enough. I don't want my money to go to Canada right now....I want it to go to New Jersey. So – no one gets my money.Think outside of your own borders America.........

    November 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shepard Ferrell

    that would be very fresh of them to do something else with that money

    November 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duane in Fremont

    Great. Just hope it goes to where it's supposed to go and helps people in need and not fattening some greedy SOB's bank account.

    November 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hang out a bit later?...not too late.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. metalhead65

    great now how about a follow up that shows where every penny went before begging for more? somehow I have a feeling most of it if will go to coffers of the red cross and the people who run it than the people who were affected by the storm.

    November 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Cross Volunteer

      Please do your research before you criticize an important non-profit such as the Red Cross. If you've read any of their literature this week, you'd know that 91% of every dollar donated goes DIRECTLY to the victims, leaving only 9% as overhead. This is only possible in our very expensive country because of the amount of volunteers that are registered in each state that do volunteer work (not paid work) for the Red Cross every day of the year. I personally joined a shelter team for the Red Cross three years ago following a debilitating snowstorm in my area, and I volunteered five days in that that shelter, helping the shelter manager (also a volunteer, and my new husband!) run daily operations. I was a teacher whose school was cancelled. Since then, I've attended meetings and trainings and have been often offered update classes, CPR training, and many other things all for free by the Red Cross to keep up my skills for the next disaster. I've met several of the paid staff in our local area, and they are all very kind, and often very underpaid for their skill sets, and many are able to work for the Red Cross only because they have had another source of income that keeps them above the poverty line. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not say ignorant things about something just because it's easy. What you're saying is simply unfounded, and hurtful in the time that these VERY CREDIBLE, VERY THRIFTY organizations NEED OUR HELP.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • metalhead65

        good for you and people like you. so you are telling me that the people in charge of the red cross are volunteers and receive no money? please tell me what happened to all the money that was raised for hati? why are there people still living in tents after all these years?

        November 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Governor

      @metalhead..exactly. Just like all the taxes we paid. Taxes on "everything" and the states still crying that they need more because they don't have enough money. Maybe if they would stop pocking the money we would have enough. Greed..

      November 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Governor


      November 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Yeah, try not to be an @ss- because that's exactly what you sound like. The Red Cross is amazing and people far and wide thank them time and time again for all of their work.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • metalhead65

        well since you don't mind tossing your money away with no questions asked how about donating to my I need a new car charity? I promise that is what I will spend all the money on. I currently drive a 30 year old car since I can't afford a new one.

        November 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Cross Volunteer

      In response, no, there are paid staff members of the Red Cross, as I'd stated. The vast majority of people who "work" in response to disasters are not paid staff, however, but volunteers. As to the question about Haiti – the Red Cross is a relief agency, it's not a nation-building agency. They give temporary shelters, food, health, and sometimes extended-term care. But they do not build houses, fix corrupt governments, or do anything else that is actually the jurisdiction of the country and the international community. No one is pocketing huge salaries. Pocketing is such an interesting term – it gives the impression that things were not worked for. Every single one of the paid people I know that work for the Red Cross are dilligent, vigilant, and always available to help, train, and further the cause of disaster relief. Many go out on midnight call-outs when there is a fire in the area – most every fire you've ever heard of the news that displaces a family is greeted by Red Cross employees that help with grief, loss, shelter, etc. Some people in fires even get put up in hotels for a day or two if it would more costly, time and material wise, to set up a shelter. Truly, truly, they are not worth trollish comments like these.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Uh huh

    Big whoo! Who cares?

    November 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Citizen of Haiti

    Yes, yes. This is all very nice, but where is our money. Why you send no more America. You can give another billion here. We needs dat money.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • metalhead65

      why so your corrupt govt. can waste even more of our money? your pathetic low life country does not deserve 1 more penny of American aid! stand up for yourselves and take control of your destiny instead of depending on the U.S.A. to take care of you.

      November 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • nbafan

      you actually receive a few hundred million from the states every year...good try though.

      November 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kuba

    The telethon is going to be a success if all that money will indeed find its way to people who need it.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. That as very nice

    of bruce and bonjovi to do this

    November 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

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