Hamptons Stars Help Raise $30 Million in 12-12-12 Concert

Billy Joel plays at 12-12-12 Concert
Billy Joel performing at 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief, photo: Jonathan Bayer

Wednesday’s celebrity-heavy 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief raised more than $30 million in tickets and sponsorships alone.Donations, which can be made online or by phone, are still being accepted.

Hamptons visitors who performed included Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Roger Waters and Chris Martin—who urged viewers to guess the average age of the performers, and then use that number as their donation amount. Other Hamptons residents and visitors included Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively, who all shared stories of areas hardest hit. And Water Mill’s Jason Kidd scored a mention in Adam Sandler’s hilarious take on the classic “Hallelujah,” dubbed “Sandy, Screw Ya.”

The historic concert was held at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations. The event lasted from 7:30–1:30 a.m., well past its anticipated midnight ending. Many prime seats to the concert were given to first responders and volunteers who stepped up in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

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