One America Appeal

One America Appeal
One America Appeal logo.jpg
FoundedSeptember 7, 2017 (2017-09-07)
FoundersJimmy Carter
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Type501(c)(3)
FocusRecovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Location
Area served
Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
MethodDonations
Websitewww.oneamericaappeal.org

The One America Appeal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on September 7, 2017, by all five living former U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. This joint appeal originally aimed to encourage support for recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey, but was then extended to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.[1] The appeal was launched when the five former Presidents aired a joint PSA on the NFL’s regular season opening broadcast.[2]

All funds collected through this fund will go into a special account established through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and then all proceeds will be distributed to assist hurricane victims.

According to an update issued on October 21, 2017, the effort has raised $31 million in funds from more than 80,000 donors.[3] The appeal concluded fundraising on December 31, 2017 and raised $41.3 million in total from around 110,500 donors.[4]

Benefit concert

A benefit concert, "Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal", was held on October 21, 2017 at the Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station and headlined by all five living former U.S. Presidents. Ticket sales and other proceeds went to the special hurricane recovery effort. The concert was hosted by Lee Greenwood, with Martin Guigui as Music Director, and featured the country music band Alabama, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.[5] Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance, performing "Million Reasons", "You and I" and "The Edge of Glory" at the concert.[6] The Texas A&M University Singing Cadets also made an appearance to sing the "National Anthem", "God Bless the USA" (alongside Lee Greenwood), and "Lean on Me" at the end of the concert. A pre-taped video message from sitting US President Donald Trump was shown during the concert, in which he described the effort as "tremendous".[7][8]

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