Sandy Relief Concert Hauls in $23M
Springsteen, Bon Jovi & Co. rake in cash for storm victims
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2012 7:47 AM CST
This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Bruce Springsteen, who appeared in NBC's benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims. The show raised $23 million.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

(Newser) 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:

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Nov 7, 2012 11:13 AM CST
I hope the money collected really helps the people who need it - not to go into some FATCATS pockets
Nov 4, 2012 5:03 PM CST
Meanwhile my friend in NJ has been evacuated for a week and still can't get into her neighborhood to get a warm coat because entire houses are blocking the road. Her and her family have not seen a single Red Cross person/truck or any other help for that matter. I'm in Kentucky and we are sending truck load after truck load of generators and blankets. Where is this 23 million going exactly?
Nov 4, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Was the concerrt on TV? I didn't even hear about it. It must have been thrown together at the last minute with all the people under contract to NBC and the out of work has-beens showing up.