The victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake are getting a major, major leg up from Hollywood and the general public worldwide.
By Saturday evening, Friday's all-star "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon has raised more than $57 million!
That sets a new record for donations made by the public through a disaster relief telethon -- and the money keeps coming in from around the world. The impressive preliminary figures account for donations made via phone, online and mobile; iTunes sales and large corporate donations are still being tallied.
More good news: the Hope for Haiti Now album, with telethon tracks recorded live by Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Bono, Rihanna, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen and many more, is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.
Friday's broadcast of "Hope for Haiti Now" featured hundreds of stars in film, TV and music performing, asking for donations on the air and manning the phones: George Clooney (who led the L.A. portion of the telethon), Wyclef Jean (the leader in NYC), Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Jay-Z, President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hanks.
"Hope for Haiti Now" will continue accepting donations for the next six months. Here's how to give:
Text “GIVE” to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017