Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Barack Obama George Bush George W. Bush Jimmy Carter Bill Clinton
All 5 Former US Presidents Team Up to Raise $31 Million for Hurricane Victims
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25 October, 2017

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Five former U.S. presidents, Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama attend a concert at Texas A&M University benefiting hurricane relief efforts in College Station, Texas October 21, 2017.

All five living ex-presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a Texas concert for hurricane relief Saturday night.

His video statement was shown at Saturday's fund-raising concert.

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The charitable appeal backed by the ex-presidents has raised $31 million since it began on September 7, said Jim McGrath, spokesman for George H.W. Bush.

More than 60,000 people donated to the presidents' fund - helping generate millions for the victims of the natural disasters that battered America in recent months, according to the concert's organizers. "To presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Melania and I want to express our deep gratitude for your tremendous assistance".

President Donald Trump did not attend the concert, but praised the effort in a video message released earlier, terming it a "wonderful" and "vital effort".

Five former U.S. Presidents, seated side by side in a packed Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M, offered their influence and still considerable star power to help hurricane survivors from Texas to Puerto Rico.

In total, the former presidents have raised $31 million through their appeal from 80,000 donors, and according to ABC, the initiative has already distributed nearly $13 million to the Florida Disaster Fund, Rebuild Texas Fund, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Juntos y Unidos por Puerto Rico and the Fund for the Virgin Islands. "Thank you, God bless you and may God bless the United States of America".


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