Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Haiti Telethon Raises Charity Estimate To $61 million;John Mayer Donates 500,000 to Hope for Haiti Now Telethon;BET Telethon Set For Feb.5; Amazing Grassroots Efforts-Tot Raises $160,000

LOS ANGELES — Organizers for last week's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, backed by George Clooney and Haiti-born rapper Wyclef Jean, on Monday raised the estimated amount of money it raised to more than $61 million, to date.

The two-hour telethon, which aired Friday, drew an average audience of 24 million viewers in the United States to watch celebrities performing, telling tales of heroism and answering telephones to take donations.

R&B star Alicia Keys sang "Prelude to a Kiss." U.S. rapper Jay-Z debuted a song with U2's Bono and The Edge and Beyonce sang her "Halo" with Coldplay's Chris Martin on piano (more)
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BET Telethon set to air February 5,with P.Diddy and Queen Latifah as Co-hosts
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Big Donors:

Several celebrities have given hugely generous amounts,icluding John Mayer with a $500,000 donation called in to the telethon before it began. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Sandra Bullock donated One Million.

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Amazing Grass Roots Efforts:

People are doing so many wonderful things on their own to help out. Some are singing songs,some are selling T-shirts,some are selling books. For more interesting stories about individual efforts,click here or report what you and your group are doing in the comment box.

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