George Clooney‘s star-studded, global benefit Friday night is already setting new records.
“Hope for Haiti Now” announced that it has raised more than $57 million to date, a new telethon record for donations by the general public. The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online, and mobile – what the figure doesn’t include are sums donated by corporations and large private donors, or iTunes sales figures, which are still being calculated.
“The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in — people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, web and text,” said Lisa Paulsen, President & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing philanthropic support to “Hope for Haiti Now.”
If you’d like to make a donation, please visit HopeForHaitiNow.org or call (877) 99-HAITI.
Meanwhile, the Hope for Haiti Now album has become the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history — and is currently the No. 1 iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” the original charity track performed by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihannaduring the global benefit, is currently the No. 1 song on iTunes in 12 countries.
The telethon’s musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song in Apple’s iTunes Store, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.