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Bon Jovi Rushed Home For 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' 4 November 2012 article


Hurricane Sandy may be long gone from the Northeast, but millions will be feeling its effects for months, if not years, to come. Many have lost homes, power and their way of life as a result of the hurricane's destruction, and most of those people need assistance.

In order to help those people in need, NBC Universal will air a live special benefit concert, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," Friday (November 2) at 8 p.m. ET and the money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

The special will be hosted by the "Today" show's Matt Lauer, who told MTV News on Friday that before the nation refocuses their attention on the upcoming presidential election, he wanted to make sure that this unprecedented event was not overlooked. Lauer, who was heavily involved in orchestrating the benefit, said that after visiting Rockaway Beach, Queens, an area that was severely devastated by this storm, and hearing the stories from the victims, he felt that he needed to put the wheels in motion to make sure this benefit aired as soon as possible.

"There's almost a shock, you see people walking down the street and they shake your hand and they smile, but you know they are not quite themselves. They are in a state of shock," Lauer said about what he saw when he visited Rockaway Beach. "I had people come up and say, 'Do the people at FEMA know that we're in trouble here? Does the mayor know that this neighborhood's wiped out?'


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