LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A music event hosted by Elton John paying tribute to medical professionals and first responders involved in the fight against the coronavirus raised nearly $8 million for two organizations, Fox announced today.
Viewers of “Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert For America” Sunday were encouraged to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic, Feeding America and the First Responders Children's Foundation.
Corporate partner Procter & Gamble donated $500,000, and which Fox Corp. matched.
YouTube also made a donation in support of the cause. It will stream the concert through 7 p.m. Wednesday on iHeartRadio's YouTube channel.
Donations will continue to be accepted at the websites of Feeding America, feedingamerica.org, and the First Responders Children's Foundation, 1strcf.org.
Fox will re-air the concert from 9-10 p.m. April 6.
The special featured performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish and Finneas, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, H.E.R., and Mariah Carey, from their homes, recorded with their personal cellphones, cameras and audio equipment in an attempt to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
The hour-long concert also featured inspirational messages from guests, as well as special appearances from Ken Jeong, Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ryan Seacrest, Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, Lady Gaga, Lizzo and Ellen DeGeneres.
Feeding America has established a COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks during the pandemic. Feeding America bills itself as the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization with a network of 200 member food banks.
The First Responders Children's Foundation provides financial support to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty and families enduring significant financial hardships due to tragic circumstances.