COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Since the "Deep from the Heart" hurricane relief charity concert, One America Appeal has raised $2.6 million for those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The event got an assist from five former U.S. presidents, who were reunited for the first time in four years Saturday night at Texas A&M's Reed Arena.
The concert, which featured surprise guest Lady Gaga, had millions of viewers on TV and online.
Since the beginning of the concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, One America Appeal has raised $1.5 million through its website, $100,000 through Facebook and $75,000 through Text To Donate, courtesy of AT&T. In addition, ticket sales for "Deep from the Heart" raised another $970,000.
“We could not be more grateful to the broad range of media partners that helped us bring our ‘Deep from the Heart’ appeal to a global audience,” David Jones, CEO of the Bush Library Foundation, which organized the event, said. “We especially want to thank YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, (which) came together behind this important cause, helping our fellow Americans recover from this devastating hurricane season.”
Lady Gaga committed to donating $1 million to One America Appeal to support the mental and emotional recovery of survivors in Texas and Florida.
Tax-deductible donations continue to be accepted in any amount at OneAmericaAppeal.org, or cellphone users can text "OneAmerica" to 50555 to give $10.
A special restricted account was established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and distribute donations so that every dollar given goes to assist hurricane victims.
Donations will be distributed to:
- Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region
- Rebuild Texas Fund, assisting hurricane-ravaged communities across the state
- Florida Disaster Fund
- Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by First Lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition
- The Fund for the Virgin Islands