The "Deep from the Heart: One America Appeal" hurricane relief concert last Saturday raised $2.6 million for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, organizers said in a statement.
The "Deep from the Heart" concert held at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, featured all five living former U.S. presidents and surprise entertainer Lady Gaga. The artist announced she would donate to One America Appeal to help with the mental and emotional recovery of survivors in Texas and Florida in conjunction with her overall $1 million hurricane relief pledge.
Some 6.5 million viewers saw all or part of the concert online, which was streamed by YouTube, various Facebook pages and Twitter, as well as the website OneAmericanAppeal.org.
The concert was also broadcast live on Newsmax, Fox News Channel, CNN, and C-SPAN, and on radio through iHeartMedia and Premiere Networks simulcast.
Since Saturday, One America Appeal has raised $1.5 million through its website, another $100,000 through Facebook, and $75,000 through Text To Donate courtesy of AT&T, stated the organization's statement. Ticket sales for "Deep from the Heart," pulled in another $970,000 for hurricane recovery thanks to underwriting that covered all event expenses.
"We could not be more grateful to the broad range of media partners that helped us bring our 'Deep from the Heart' appeal to a global audience," David Jones, chief executive officer of the Bush Library Foundation that organized the event, said in a statement.
"We especially want to thank YouTube, Twitter and Facebook who came together behind this important cause helping our fellow Americans recover from this devastating hurricane season, Jones continued.
Money raised from the effort will go to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region; Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state; the Florida Disaster Fund; Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition; and the Fund for the Virgin Islands.
Tax-deductible donations are still being accepted at OneAmericaAppeal.org, and by texting "OneAmerica" to 50555 to give $10, said the One America Appeal statement.
Hurricane Harvey damaged thousands of homes and left record flooding along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the nation's fourth largest city in Houston in late August, the Weather Channel noted.
Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys and turned north over the state in early September, leaving 6.7 million people without electrical power initially, according to The Weather Channel.
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, leaving most of the island without power and communications, NBC News reported. Eight days later, nearly half of the island's 3.4 million residents were without potable drinking water, the network reported.
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