'Concert For NYC' Tally Reaches $30 Million

The Concert for New York City has raised more than $30 million for World Trade Center relief efforts, and donations are still being accepted. The running total as of today (Nov. 1) includes money rais

The Concert for New York City has raised more than $30 million for World Trade Center relief efforts, and donations are still being accepted. The running total as of today (Nov. 1) includes money raised from ticket sales for the Oct. 20 concert, corporate sponsorships, television rights, merchandise sales, and donations made through a toll-free number and via the Internet.

The all-star benefit is the highest-grossing event ever at Madison Square Garden, according to the groups that organized the concert: VH1, Cablevision, Miramax Films, and America Online. Additionally, Columbia Records is releasing a double compact disc from the six-hour concert, which goes on sale Nov. 27, and eBay is auctioning items from the event through Saturday.

The event, which aired live on VH1, featured performances from rock stars including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, the Who, Billy Joel, and Elton John, and comedy routines from "Saturday Night Live" cast members past and present. Thousands of firefighters, police officers, rescue workers, and their families were in the audience, and some of them were on stage introducing the performers.

All proceeds from The Concert for New York City and its related projects are going to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, established by the Robin Hood Foundation, which has distributed $4.75 million to groups that are helping victims of the World Trade Center attacks.


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