NBC says its star-studded benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims raised a hefty $23 million for Red Cross relief efforts, in an explosion of website and phone traffic that the Red Cross says topped telethon activity from the previous five years combined. The one-hour broadcast featured New Jersey sons Jon Bon Jovi, who rocked an acoustic "Livin' on a Prayer," and Bruce Springsteen, who closed out with "Land of Hope and Dreams."
Joining the effort were Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito, Brian Williams, and host Matt Lauer. “We are incredibly grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support for those who are suffering as a result of Superstorm Sandy,” says a Red Cross official. To add your two cents to the effort, head over to: RedCross.org. (Read more Hurricane Sandy stories.)