APRIL 26, 2010 – LOS ANGELES:
Idol Gives Back, the historic Emmy Award-winning television event and music
celebration, has now raised more than $140 million to benefit charities around the world and across the United States.
The two-hour fundraising event returned to FOX on Wednesday night, April 21, 2010, and raised more than $45 million.
Once again, Patriot Communications provided the overall telecommunications, call center, and Internet donation processing
support for event.
Beneficiaries for this year's event include Children's Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria
No More, Save the Children's U.S. Programs and the United Nations Foundation.
This year, Idol Gives Back was
broadcast live from the American Idol stage and The Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where Queen Latifah emceed the evening and
some of music’s biggest stars, including Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox,
Jeff Beck & Joss Stone and Mary J. Blige & the All-Star Band, performed. The evening also featured special appearances
by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Victoria Beckham, Morgan Freeman, Wanda Sykes, George Lopez,
David Cook, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Bill and Melinda Gates.
Individual donations can also be made anytime
at the www.americanidol.com website, or by calling the donation line at 1-877-IDOL AID (1-877-436-5243).