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Celebrities Join Forces for Haiti Relief
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January 22, 2010
Big names in the entertainment industry are coming together to raise money for Haiti relief.

“Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” will air on January 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT on multiple networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. A powerhouse group of celebrities—including hosts George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper—will give testimonials and help answer phones during the telethon.

Musical performers will include:

Wyclef Jean
Bruce Springsteen
Jennifer Hudson
Mary J. Blige
Justin Timberlake
Alicia Keys
Christina Aguilera
Dave Matthews
John Legend
Stevie Wonder
Taylor Swift

There will also be group performances by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

Friday’s telethon proceeds will be split evenly among the American Red Cross, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

“Hope for Haiti Now” will be the most widely distributed telethon in history, airing in the United States and internationally. Viewers can also watch the telethon online at YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody, as well as on mobile devices via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV.

In addition, all musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.

The Univision Network will be producing a four-hour live show on January 23, starting at 7 p.m. ET. Don Francisco, the host of “Sábado Gigante” (a variety show), will host a special edition called “United for Haiti,” which will benefit American Red Cross relief efforts.

The telethon will feature celebrities from Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión, in addition to musical performances.

On January 24 at 8 a.m. ET, A&E will air “Private Sessions: Songs for Haiti,” a two-hour special for Haiti relief. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children.

Musical performers will include Lionel Richie, Brooks & Dunn, Twisted Sister, Mary J. Blige, Cyndi Lauper, Seal, Lindsey Buckingham, Boyz II Men, Blues Traveler, Annie Lennox Daughtry, Hall & Oates, Colbie Caillat, Vanessa Williams and Ringo Starr.

People watching NFC and AFC Championship football games on Sunday will also see information about the Red Cross and how they can help the people of Haiti.

You can watch the Vikings pair off against the Saints on FOX at 6:40 p.m. ET, and see the Jets versus the Colts on CBS at 3 p.m. ET.

U.S. Soccer and NASCAR will feature information on Haiti relief this weekend as well.

You can help the victims of countless crises, like the recent earthquake in Haiti, around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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