Americans Donate Generously to Help People, Wildlife Impacted by BP Oil Spill

Telethon raises more than $1.8 million to aid victims in the Gulf of Mexico

06-22-2010 // Aislinn Maestas
International Bird Rescue

Donations poured in from across the country last night during Larry King's star-studded telethon to help victims of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. As one of three charities selected to receive donations raised during the event, National Wildlife Federation was amazed and inspired at the outpouring of support for our efforts to protect and restore Gulf Coast wildlife, habitat and communities.

“Thank you to everyone who tuned in last night and donated,” said National Wildlife Federation president and CEO Larry Schweiger. “National Wildlife Federation has been working on coastal restoration in Louisiana for many years, and we will be there for many years to come. All of the donations we’ve received are being kept in a newly-created Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund that supports our immediate response and longer term work to save wildlife impacted by this tragedy.”

At the end of the night, the telethon brought in more than $1.8 million. Celebrities who participated in the event included Gloria Reuben, Chelsea Handler, Sting, Alyssa Milano, Deepak Chopra, Pete Wentz, Ted Danson, Robert Redford, Harry Connick Jr., Jenny McCarthy, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, Aaron Neville, Kerry Kennedy, Anderson Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, Ian Somerhalder, Edward James Olmos, Philippe Cousteau and more.

National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski was on the ground in New Orleans with Anderson Cooper during the telethon. He helped explain to viewers what the National Wildlife is doing, and will be doing, to help wildlife impacted by the oil spill: “Thousands of dead birds and hundreds of sea turtles and other marine mammals have been collected in the spill area. In addition to being the ‘search’ in ‘search and rescue’ for wildlife during this crisis, we are committed to restoring the fragile Gulf Coast habitats and ecosystems upon which both people and wildlife of the region rely.”

Missed the telethon but still want to help? Visit our Help Wildlife Impacted by the Oil Spill page.

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