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Telethon Raises Funds for Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts
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January 23, 2010
Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry joined forces for the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon which aired Friday night on most of the major television networks.  The event was held to raise money to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Proceeds from the telethon 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.

If you missed the broadcast and would still like to help, individual audio performances will be available for purchase and download in the days following the telethon for 99 cents each.  Apple, the record labels, and the artists are donating their share of the proceeds to the Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now”.

You can also order the “Hope for Haiti Now” digital album for $7.99 which includes performances by Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson, Emeline Michel, Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge, Rihanna, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Wyclef Jean along with a bonus track from Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge and Rihanna.

All proceeds from album sales will go to the American Red Cross, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme and Yele Haiti Foundation.

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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