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Haiti telethon raises at least $58 million

January 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
They're still counting up the figures, but estimates show George Clooney's organized celebrity telethon for Haiti brought in at least $58 million. The "Hope for Haiti Now" album also set the record for the biggest one-day album pre-order on iTunes.

The entertainment community banded together, hoping to make a difference for an island nation in ruins, with "Hope for Haiti Now."

Last Friday's telethon raised tens of millions of dollars for Haiti's earthquake victims. Sigourney Weaver told me she was privileged to be a part of such an important event.

"The desire to help and the compassion and the desire to reach out was just so profound and I think it was very moving to be with all those other actors taking those calls," said Weaver.

Some of the biggest names in acting and in music volunteered their time and their talent for "Hope for Haiti Now."

At Saturday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, I learned their showbiz peers are proud of what the entertainment world is capable of accomplishing.

"Our profession no matter how much smack you want to talk about, they step up to the plate," said Bullock. "If you think about it our profession can afford to give it up easier than any other profession. We need to give up what we get so generously. That's what it's there for, give it back."

"I am amazed that it happened so fast. There's just wonderful people in Hollywood that would just get together and do that for Haiti," said actor Robert Morse. "It was a remarkable event, really remarkable."

"Hope for Haiti Now" turned into a global outpouring of support for a country in crisis.

The compassion came from all over for a two-hour moment to remember. And thanks to some famous faces who cared enough to get involved, there's now big money to aid the people who need it.

"It's not about our status, title, trophy, it's about your heart," said actress Mo'Nique. "So if everybody has a heart, Haiti will stand."