Celebs Team Up To Raise ‘Hope For Haiti Now’


Celebs all over the globe, broadcasting from different cities across the US and abroad, came together last night for a multi-network telethon called Hope for Haiti Now in an effort to inspire viewers at home to donate funds for the relief effort in Haiti. George Clooney, who organized the telethon, played host for the event while various celebs manned the phone lines to take in donations and others performed live thruout the show:

Solemn music from the world’s biggest stars served as the soundtrack to Friday night’s telethon for Haiti relief, but the fundraiser ended with Wyclef Jean shouting “Enough of the moping, let’s rebuild Haiti.” Organizers did not immediately say how much money was raised during the two-hour “Hope for Haiti Now” show, but donations will continue to flow in as the phone lines remained open and the night’s musical performances are sold on iTunes. A moving performance by Alicia Keys opened the telethon. Actor George Clooney, serving as the Los Angeles host for the event, made the first appeal for donations to raise money for relief efforts after last week’s devastating earthquake. “The Haitian people need our help,” Clooney said. “They need to know they are not alone. They need to know that we still care.” The show was one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing simultaneously on more than 25 networks — including CNN, where Anderson Cooper reported live from Haiti during the event. Children left homeless and orphaned by the earthquake were front and center. “Hundreds and thousands of children in Haiti are lost and they’re looking for their parents,” actress Halle Berry said. “Please, look into your heart. Please, help these children of Haiti.” Cooper, in one of several live appearances, was joined by 5-year-old Monley, a Haitian boy who was pulled alive — but severely dehydrated — from the rubble nearly eight days after the quake. Ten members of his family, including both parents, were killed. Actor Samuel L. Jackson, walking in front of a phone bank staffed by celebrities, assured viewers that “100 percent of your donations will go directly to organizations that are on the ground right now.” More than 100 actors, musicians and other celebrities answered phones in New York and Los Angeles — after professional operators first talked to donors. “Thank you so much for your donation,” actress Reese Witherspoon told one caller. “You can’t imagine how much love and great, wonderful energy is here today. People are doing everything they can to make a difference in these people’s lives.” “I’m just calling to help out,” the male donor said. “I couldn’t donate a lot, but what I could I did donate” … Wyclef Jean — a native of Haiti and the New York host for the event — talked about his visit last week to Haiti. “I was there to clear away concrete and pull away rubble,” Jean said. “I carried bodies of my people to the cemetery.” Jean’s “Yele Haiti Foundation” will receive some of the money raised. “From the ashes we shall rise, so please give what you can,” he said. Bruce Springsteen performed “We Shall Overcome,” a spiritual that became the anthem of the U.S civil rights movement. “This is a small prayer for Haiti,” Springsteen said as he began. Other musical performers included Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Jennifer Hudson, Madonna, Dave Matthews and Neil Young … The show — presented by MTV — was carried on CNN.com/Live and the CNN iPhone application. Other networks airing “Hope for Haiti” included ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. The show was also aired on the Discovery’s eco-lifestyle television network, Planet Green. Proceeds from the telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the U.N. World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.

The performances were solemn, yes, but the images that were broadcast of the suffering in Haiti were devastatingly heartbreaking. If you were particularly fond of any one performance, you can purchase a special edition album of performances from iTunes with the proceeds going to the charities associated with Hope for Haiti Now. After the jump, check out a short video of highlights from last night’s telethon and watch a beautiful acoustic performance of Like a Prayer by Madonna

It is NOT TOO LATE to donate to the Hope for Haiti Now charities who so desperately need all the money they can raise. Click HERE to leave your donation at the Hope for Haiti Now official website. Any amount you can donate is needed.


  • I really want a mask like the one The Vadge was wearing for my Halloween celebrations this year! Spooky stuff!!!

  • J

    LOL, isnt she horrible. I mean seriously. Does she know how ridiculous she looks. GET CHER’S NUMBER NOW MADONNA!!!! She did look alright at the event a few weeks back, some premiere and she was with her attention seeking daughter. But in reality, she is just, as worse as Heidi Montag.

    All in all, Christina gave the best performance. Such a heartfelt song, her own song actually. She didn’t over dress or anything. She looked nice and sung beautifully. Beyonce’s was just irrelevant i believed – she could have chosen a more appropriate song.

  • mccraemalcolm

    I LOVED Beyonce’s performance. It was the best I’ve heard it sing Halo. Not over done or anything. And I tend to hate Beyonce performances because she tries so hard. But last night was perfect.

  • teeshah

    yup! I loved B’s performance too!! It moved me to tears!

  • Xadax

    Christina Aguilera’s performance was the best. Its related to the theme!

  • jessica

    It’s fantastic that all of these people got together and donated their time to raise money. It is my hope that the money not only gets donated but can actually get to the people who need it.
    The cynical person inside me is annoyed that Madonna prerecorded her song (conjecture yes, but I have a degree in Media and you really can’t slap around mikes like that without having anything happen). Also, it’s amazingly generous that Dicaprio donated a million dollars to Haiti and that money will do a lot of good – it’s just annoying to me that we only hear from him when one of his movies are coming out.

  • Gevidge

    While what happened in Haiti is a total tradgedy and my heart goes out to them and I encourage sending aid and relief, I wonder whether all these celebrities have forgotten that we are in a recession and that thousands of americans, here at home, are jobless, homeless and desperate? Why can’t they reach out to the homeless guy on their corner in LA? Is that beneath them? Does this get them more publicity? I would be more impressed if they donated money (in addition to Haiti) to help the stuggling people of this country who desperately need it.

    • @Gevidge — In my mind, help is help. Whether people want to extend aid to a guy down the street or a guy on the otherside of the globe, I think all incidents of goodwill should be encouraged.

  • Lula

    I thought the Justin Timberlake/Matt Morris performance of “Hallelujah” was the highlight of the show. Amazing, IMO!

  • yousarocker

    You can all say what you want about Madonna as a person, it don’t matter. Fact is, that performance was absolutely beautiful. The end.

  • Periz

    @lula, i know! i loved there preformance such a beautiful song sung by some men with beautiful voices.

  • Irma

    @Gevidge, maybe because in America the people who are homeless and jobless do have a place to go. There are shelters and such where they can get aid. The government can help those who have lost their jobs, etc. I know this because I help the homeless in Austin, TX and I have also done so in Dallas. Meanwhile in Haiti, there is literally nothing there except the spirit of the people. They are not as fortunate as we are. Before the quake, they were the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and 80% of their population lived in poverty. Let’s think about THAT for a second and what that exactly means.
    @Trent, do you have any idea if they are/will be selling Hope for Haiti Now t-shirts? I liked their simple design.

  • Irma

    p.s. JT and B really rocked it. I’m buying the album on iTunes ASAP (or whenever my dad reloads my debit card lol)

  • daniel

    christina gave the best performance of the night what a song!

  • I get annoyed by people who make negative comments about something so positive such as this telethon. Comparing the situation in Haiti to our economic troubles is very ignorant. The people there have absolutely nothing but their faith and spirit. We on the other hand (thankfully) have options.

  • Mariah

    Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake gave the BEST performances last night. Blew me away.

  • Christine

    @gevidge – that is an extremely ignorant comment. People who are jobless right now will live to see another day – it is no comparision to what happened in Haiti. Get a clue.

  • Ozogirl

    I think Madonna and JT gave the best performances. Christina was also very good. Overall I was really impressed by the event and I think it was put together really well! While I admit there were some performances I zoned out on, I agree with whoever said it above that it’s kinda wrong to rate or judge the performances for an event that’s supposed to be positive. Maybe it’s already been said, but how much money was raised?