Jennifer Hudson, Pentatonix and A Great Big World will join artists of Filipino descent — including Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap, “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez and Oscar-winning “Frozen” songwriter Robert Lopez — for a benefit for Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The concert will be Tuesday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and also will feature appearances by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Filipina singer Charice. Tickets are $50-$1,000 through Ticketmaster, with proceeds going to the Pinoy Relief Fund.
“The Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert presents an important opportunity for us to come together to provide significant support to those devastated communities in the Philippines as they confront staggering short- and long-term issues,” Tony Alvarez, co-chairman of Pinoy Relief, said in a statement. “The communities affected are desperate to get back to their normal lives and become self-sufficient again. The funds raised will be instrumental in creating programs and grants to ensure that the victims of Haiyan receive housing, schooling, and get resources, like fishing boats, for their livelihood. We are honored to have our performers and special guests help raise awareness for our cause.”
Robert Lopez, who at 39 became the youngest artist ever to receive the EGOT Sunday, when his Oscar joined his previous Emmy, Grammy and Tony wins, dedicated his win to the Philippines, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I’m just sending love to the Philippines,” he said, after “Let It Go” won the best original song Oscar. “I know they’ve had a tough year.”
More than 5,000 were killed and another 23,000 injured by the typhoon that struck the Philippines in November.
“The victims of Typhoon Haiyan have a resiliency that is awe-inspiring,” said Oz in a statement. “We hope that this benefit will not only raise awareness to their spirit and will also reach our goal of $5 million. The entire Pinoy Relief team believes that if we reach our goal, we will be able to make a real difference in the lives of those most severely affected by the typhoon.”
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