MADONNA, SHERYL CROW, DIANA ROSS, STEVIE WONDER, MAROON 5, NORAH JONES, SARAH MCLACHLAN, MARY J. BLIGE, LENNY KRAVITZ, JOHN MAYER, ERIC CLAPTON, KENNY CHESNEY AMONG PERFORMERS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT NBC UNIVERSAL BENEFIT SPECIAL � �TSUNAMI AID: A CONCERT OF HOPE"
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS NAMED AS CHARITY FOR BENEFIT SPECIAL
BURBANK, Calif. -� January 10, 2005 �- Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, India.Arie, Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Brian Wilson and Gloria Estefan are scheduled to perform during the live broadcast of the NBC Universal benefit special "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope" at 8:00pm on January 15th. Additionally, there are scheduled appearances by Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, Usher, George Clooney, Uma Thurman, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman, Tim Robbins, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes.
To further the reach of this benefit, Telemundo and PAX have been added to the networks airing the special, which include NBC and all of the NBC Universal cable properties.
NBC Universal has partnered with the American Red Cross on its benefit special. All viewers will be encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross International Response Fund in support of tsunami relief through its website and donation hotline. The humanitarian needs from this catastrophic tsunami are immense and will continue to emerge over the next weeks, months and even years.
The immediate American Red Cross focus is on getting lifesaving help to millions affected by the tsunamis. This includes distributing culturally appropriate food like rice, canned fish and lentils to millions of people. Safe water and sanitation is a priority, and the American Red Cross will be rehabilitating water and sanitation systems to ensure that people have clean water and waste disposal systems.
Funds raised through this special will support the American Red Cross two-phased assistance plan, which includes specialized relief immediately and over the long term in these five areas:
� Food and safe water
� Healthcare and disease prevention
� Immediate family supplies
� Mental health counseling
� Disaster preparedness and prevention measures
More details will be released shortly.