Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez & Marc Anthony’s Star-Studded Telecast Raised Millions for Puerto Rico
Jennifer Lopez teamed with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and ex-husband Marc Anthony to raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.
Their “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief” aired on Saturday, raising funds for those devastated by Hurricane Maria.
J.Lo and A-Rod personally raised $26 million in corporate pledges and donations, prior to the event, and the telecast brought in almost $10 million more.
They brought together huge celebs in Miami and Los Angeles for the cause. Latin superstars including Anthony, Daddy Yankee, Gente De Zona and more performed at Marlins Park stadium in Miami, while J.Lo, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin and others took the stage in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres, Kim Kardashian, Jamie Foxx, Heidi Klum and others were working the phones for the telethon.
The telecast aired on Saturday in Spanish on Telemundo and Univision and other stations for the first two hours, with NBC and other networks joining in for the third hour of the simulcast.
Jennifer said in a statement, “With the disasters and tragedies befalling us almost weekly, and the swirling negativity dividing our country, it was gratifying to see people of all ages, races, and background come together to support and help those in need.”
She continued, “Alex and I were amazed by the amount of love, unity, and donations that were received. And I am personally overcome with gratitude for all the incredible artists and talent who showed up in both Los Angeles and Miami to perform, answer phones or lend their services. While there is still much to do, we are deeply grateful for all that's been done. We are, and will continue to be, one voice.”
Alex added, “It has been an incredibly difficult time for the people in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. These people were the first to answer our call to help with this cause. We are profoundly grateful to them and all those who came together to help make a difference.”
The money raised will benefit Feeding America, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Unidos por Puerto Rico, United Way, Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Fund and UNICEF.