Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony & More Raise Over $35 Million for Disaster Relief from ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Alex Rodriguez announced today that more than $35 million has been pledged collectively so far in connection with the Oct 14 special benefit concert telecast "ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE! A CONCERT FOR DISASTER RELIEF," which featured some of the biggest superstars in the entertainment world and aired on dozens of networks including NBC, Telemundo, Univision and Viacom channels.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez personally raised $26 million in corporate pledges and donations prior to the event - from business, sports and entertainment world, with the rest being pledged during the telecast).
Commented Jennifer Lopez, "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. 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."
Added Alex Rodriguez, "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."
Somos Una Voz, the alliance of artists behind the concert/telecast, is still gratefully accepting donations that can be made online at somosonevoice.com (English) or somosunavoz.com (Spanish) or by texting SOMOS to 50555.
Marc Anthony, Camila, Gente De Zona, Nicky Jam, Dj Khaled, Magic!, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz, and Daddy Yankee performed live from a sold-out Marlins Park in Miami, while Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Maxwell, Gwen Stefani, Stevie Wonder, Chris Martin, Mary J. Blige and Andra Day performed from an NBC soundstage in Los Angeles.
"ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE!" aired in Spanish on Telemundo and Univision, the first time in history that the two leading Spanish language networks have come together to simulcast programming. America TV, Azteca America Network, Bloomberg Television, Canal 1, 940 WINZ, Centroamerica TV, Cine Latino, Hero Broadcasting, Meruelo Media, NBC Pasiones, Prime Time Partners, Television Dominicana, Univision Radio and MTV Latin America, VH1 Mexico, VH1 Argentina and TR3S also aired the first two hours of the telecast, from 8 pm - 10 pm ET/PT.
NBC along with MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV CLASSIC, MTV LIVE, LOGO, VH1, VH1 Caribbean, BET, BET CANADA, BET CARIBBEAN and NICK at NITE joined in the third hour to broadcast in English at 10 pm ET/PT, with UniMás simulcasting the 10 pm hour with Spanish voice-over.
Additionally, the benefit concert was streamed live on Facebook, where fans could contribute using donate buttons in Facebook Live, and YouTube. During the telecast #SomosUnaVoz trended on Twitter both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Lauren Ash, Miguel Cabrera, Ciara, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ted Danson, Ellen DeGeneres, Benicio Del Toro, Leonardo Dicaprio, Vin Diesel, Howie Dorough, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Fallon, E-Flat, Ben Feldman, Fifth Harmony, Justin Hartley, Jamie Foxx, BETHENNY Frankel, Selena Gomez, Jessie Graff, Seth Green, Derek Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Jose Iglesias, John Leguizamo, Kim Kardashian West, Victoria Justice, Heidi Klum, Vincent Laresca, Jared Leto, Leona Lewis, Gabriel Mann, Andrea Martin, Maxwell, Eric McCormack, Mark Mckinney, Debra Messing, Motiff, Nas, Petra Nemcova, Tyler Perry, Nicole Richie, Gina Rodriguez, Ruby Rose, Zoe Saldana, Aníbal Sánchez, Nico Santos, Ryan Seacrest, Jada Pinkett Smith, Joan Smalls, Jimmy Smits, Mary Steenburgen, Talia, Justin Timberlake, Wilmer Valderrama, MARLON Wayans, Jesse Williams, Susan Kelechi Watson and Russell Wilson also participated in the telecast.
Under the banner of Somos Una Voz, "ONE VOICE: SOMOS LIVE!" has helped provide food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to the areas affected by the recent unprecedented devastation from natural disasters throughout the southern United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other affected areas in the Caribbean. SOMOS UNA VOZ is a charitable service fund of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) organization.
Funds raised from the telethon will benefit the following organizations, among others: Popular Community Bank Foundation, Center for Popular Democracy - Hurricane Maria Community Fund, Feeding America, Hispanic Federation - UNIDOS Fund, Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Unidos por Puerto Rico, United Way, UNICEF and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI).
Major donors acknowledged during the telecast included: the Carnival Corporation, Hal Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees, Commissioner Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball, The Miami Heat, The Hand In Hand Hurricane Relief Fund, Ken Griffin, Stuart Miller and the Lennar Foundation, Robert Kraft and Bruce Rockowitz.
Sponsors Sprint, Popular, Walmart, American Airlines and Bloomberg Philanthropies underwrote the costs of the Miami Marlins Park event, so that 100% of proceeds received from the public through the benefit concert, telethon and other fundraising means will be distributed to the designated beneficiaries and others working on relief efforts in the affected areas.