All the stars aligned on January 22 for "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief". Organized by George Clooney, the telethon is reported to have raised $57 million… and counting. The sum does not yet include donations made on behalf of corporations, but it’s safe to say that the event, televised on dozens of channels and all major networks, was a huge success!
All the biggest names in Hollywood joined together to extend a helping hand to Haiti. Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Wyclef Jean, Shakira, Rihanna and U2 were just a few of the musical acts who performed heartfelt pieces calling for action. Viewers watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper report live from Haiti, while listening in on conversations that took place between donors and phone operators, which included Steven Spielberg, Stevie Wonder, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Missed the musical acts? You can purchase the performances on iTunes, where all the proceeds will go towards Haitian relief efforts. In addition, donations can still be made via text, phone, and online.