The Pendleton Panther

Hope For Haiti Concert/Show/Fundraiser

Posted on: January 23, 2010

Musician Wyclef Jean who is from Haiti. He founded the Yele Haiti Foundation.

On Friday, January 22nd, hundreds of world’s brightest and best music artists as well as actors and actresses held a Hope For Haiti Fundraiser. It was a globally televised telethon as well as concert and show. It aired on over 25 networks and showed the celebrities’ live on the phone with people who called in with donations. “The show was one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing simultaneously on more than 25 networks — including CNN, where Anderson Cooper reported live from Haiti during the event.” (CNN) The people behind this massive event did not disclose how much money was raised but it is projected to be very high and the phone lines will remain open.  Revenue generated from the iTunes sales of the performances will also go directly towards Haiti relief. “Proceeds from the telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the U.N. World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.” (CNN) There were performances by musicians such as “Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Jennifer Hudson, Madonna, Dave Matthews and Neil Young.” I  believe that this event will raise an immense amount of money for the cause of helping those suffering in the earthquake devastated Haiti. I feel that it never hurts when celebrities come together in unison to support a catastrophe and raise money.


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