The Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort, set the outdoor stage, to host a mega fundraising concert in Honolulu, Hawaii. The proceeds of the concert are to benefit the relief effort in the Philippines, to provide much needed food and supplies for Super Typhoon Haiyan victims. According to a Dec. 15, report by Hawaii News Now, over $1.75 million in relief funds were donated.
On the day of the concert, Dec. 15, Honolulu, county was under a severe flood warning. Torrential rain pounded the tiny island for most of the day, causing severe flooding in areas. The sponsors of the concert event had no logical choice but to cancel the outdoor concert and limit the show to a smaller indoor venue.
The concern for, and needs of the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, was much greater than the concert's entertainment value. The absent ticket holders were asked to allow their ticket cost to be contributed to the relief fund. In addition, the concert attendees' donations made the fundraising effort a triumphed success despite the concert rain-out.
Additional donations were generated through a live Internet podcast, and simultaneous radio broadcast of the scaled back version of the mega concert.
Chuck Cotton, vice president and general manager for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Hawaii, one of the concert's sponsors, said "ticket holders who were unable to attend are encouraged to make their ticket purchase a donation, but said that refunds will be provided upon request."
UNICEF is currently collecting donations and providing relief to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. All donations are tax deductible.