- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 23, 2001

The trio of powerhouse concerts held over the weekend for Sept. 11 relief efforts are expected to bring in at least $20 million, although fund-raising tallies won't be in until later this week, organizers said.
James Dolan, head of Cablevision Systems Corp. in New York and one of the organizers for Saturday night's "Concert for New York," said he expected it could bring in twice as much as the highest-grossing concert at Madison Square Garden, which was last year's $7 million Barbra Streisand farewell concert.
An official tally, however, won't be ready until credit-card orders have been processed and information has been collected from sponsoring groups, ticketing operations and call centers, a Cablevision spokeswoman said yesterday.
Sunday's "United We Stand: What More Can I Give?" concert at RFK Stadium in Washington will probably end up with "something north of $3 million," said Howard Schacter of Clear Channel Entertainment of New York.
The funds will come from ticket sales, ancillary and marketing sales, and donations to numbers promoted all day on radio stations, he said.
Another concert on Sunday the "Country Freedom Concert" in Nashville also drew massive response, but figures for funds were not yet available. The Nashville, Tenn., event, which was organized by Clear Channel Entertainment and CMT, was telecast live on CMT, VH-1 Country and 700 radio stations.
The New York concert to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund featured rock legends Paul McCartney, Elton John, Eric Clapton, the Who, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and David Bowie, Billy Joel, James Taylor, John Mellancamp and Janet Jackson.
The fund was started after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by the poverty-fighting Robin Hood Foundation to ensure that families who lost loved ones will have their long-term needs met.
The RFK Stadium concert, which will benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, Salvation Army Relief Fund, Pentagon Relief fund and the Rewards for Justice fund, featured Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Bette Midler, Al Green, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Huey Lewis and the News, and James Brown. The Rewards for Justice fund is a new effort to aid in the search, arrest and conviction of terrorist suspects worldwide.
The Nashville concert at the Gaylord Entertainment Center featured Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Lee Ann Womack, Lonestar and Martina McBride and will benefit the Salvation Army Relief Fund as well as some smaller relief efforts.
At least two of the concerts are likely to resurface, with the New York concert coming soon on a CD from Columbia Records and the Washington concert airing on an ABC-TV special Nov. 1.
A two-hour celebrity telethon on Sept. 21 that had Hollywood movie stars taking phone calls and music from Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Faith Hill among others raised $150 million for the September 11th Fund in New York.
To date, more than $1 billion has been raised by various philanthropic organizations to aid those affected by the terrorist attacks.

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