RAVE: NBC’s Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

Caroline Tufts

On Friday night, NBC hosted a benefit concert and telethon in Brooklyn to help raise funds and recognition for those who’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Host Matt Lauer said, “The cost of Sandy is estimated at close to $50 billion, but that doesn’t begin to cover what’s been lost.”

The show featured many musicians, including Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Sting, Steven Tyler and Bruce Springsteen. The most touching aspect was that these celebrities spoke from the heart about what many Americans lost. Some were moved to tears, and there wasn’t a single one who appeared unaffected.

Between the musical performances and the constant encouragement to donate to the American Red Cross, or #SandyHelp on Twitter, there were countless photos and bits of video footage presented that inspired thousands.

Videos included footage of people whose lives have been forever changed by Sandy, but the night ended with hope as they showed the first steps to a long and difficult recovery. In the face of such tragedy, it is important we all pull together, understand and support the challenges ahead for areas where Hurricane Sandy hit the hardest.