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Hurricane Sandy telethon raises $23M

Nov. 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A telethon featuring Bruce Springsteen raised $23 million to benefit the American Red Cross recovery effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, organizers said.

The star-studded event featured performances by Sting, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi, a news release from the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon said.

Actors Tina Fey, Kevin Bacon, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny DeVito also took part in the appeal, which aired Friday evening on NBC.

"We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy," said American Red Cross Officer Peggy Dyer.

"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," she added.

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