The second annual Idol Gives Back fundraiser kicked off with the top eight American Idol contestants performing “Don’t Stop the Music”—and the music didn’t stop for the next two-and-a-half hours. Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, Reese Witherspoon, Fergie and Carrie Underwood were just a few celebrity A-listers who took part to help American Idol and the Idol Gives Back Foundation raise awareness of extreme poverty in the United States and around the world.
By the end of the show, $22 million in pledges had come in, not including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s vow on behalf of his country to donate 20 million mosquito nets (at $10 each) for countries dogged by malaria. Money continues to come in through the website, which will benefit charities such as: The Children’s Defense Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, Save the Children, U.S. Programs and the Children’s Health Fund. If you would like to donate go to http://www.americanidol.com/idolgivesback/