Hurricane Sandy has not only devastated entire regions, but also left a lot of families without homeless and stranded.
To help with recovery, NBC Universal announced a telethon and concert titled Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, to be held Friday (Nov. 2) at the network’s Rockefeller Plaza studios from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., in an effort to raise funds for those affected by the hurricane.
A few of the artists scheduled to perform not only have musicianship in common, but all hail from the tri-state area or reside in New York City, including Staten Islander Christina Aguilera, Jersey boys Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, and Long Island native Billy Joel, who will join co-host of The Today Show Matt Lauer, as emcee for Friday’s telethon.
Lauer is no stranger to hosting televised syndicates, as he was part of NBC’s benefit for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that raised $50 million for the American Red Cross. A spokeswoman for NBC said channels not owned by the station will have the opportunity to televise the event as well.
The benefit can be viewed on all NBC affiliates, including USA, CNBC, Bravo, Syfy, E!, MSNBC, G4, and can be streamed online at NBC.com. Proceeds will go towards the American Red Cross.