Tuesday, January 26, 2010
'Hope for Haiti Now' raises $58 million and counting for earthquake relief, sets record
Stars from Hollywood, music, and sports staffed a phone bank visible on screen during the telethon. Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, and Julia Roberts all spoke on camera over the phone with donors who gave amounts such as $25 to the cause.
Performers such as Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Jay-Z, Bono, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Wycleaf Jean, Bruce Springsteen, and more provided tasteful entertainment on simple sets in Los Angeles, New York, and London throughout the 2-hour telethon. Many of the singers could be seen tearing up during their performances as they tied many of their musical selections to themes of the telethon and its cause - hope over suffering.