June 22, 2010

Thank you for helping raise $1.8 million for the Gulf Coast

Posted: 04:31 PM ET

Last night, Larry King Live: Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help raised more than $1.8 million dollars for United Way, The Nature Conservancy and  National Wildlife Federation.

Viewers were able to phone in their donations, text their donations or give their gift via the organizations’ websites.

We also had a way to donate via Twitter by using the service Twitpay.  (if you haven’t registered your donation at RT2Give, yet, here is the link you need)

The telethon received many generous corporate donations. Social Suite host Ryan Seacrest brought Bing to the table. The company pledged to donate $10 for every retweet (up to 10,000 tweets) of a tweet Ryan sent at the top of the broadcast. By the end, Seacrest's tweet had surpassed 10,000 retweets, leading Bing to donate $100,000 towards the efforts to aid the people of the Gulf Coast.‪

And don’t forget our auction is live until July 7th – so there is plenty of time to bid on some great items (a pair of Larry’s signed suspenders, a signed LeBron James jersey, American Idol concert tickets & much more!) and help people in the Gulf.

Thanks to all of you who watched, donated and decided to help your neighbors and the wildlife affected by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

You can continue to make a donation via Impact Your World.

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Annoyed   June 22nd, 2010 4:54 pm ET

Why would I donate my hard earned money when this is BP's mess and they should pay to clean it up- they have more money than God to devote to this disaster and it is their money that should be used toward the clean up efforts. Besides, if you buy gas you already are donating your money to this horrendous disaster. I'd be willing to bet that after all the money BP pays out once all this is over, they will have miraculously still made a huge profit and paid their top guys very hansome YE bonuses, any wagers?

linda lucas   June 22nd, 2010 5:04 pm ET

best benefit ive ever seen. thank you so much. nothing else is as important as this.

Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 5:20 pm ET

Wow, Ryan Seacrest really sent 10,000 tweets during the program?

It would be entirely helpful to have a underwater camera showing all of the dead fish, mammals and sealife laying on the seafloor as a direct result of exposure to the poisonous, toxic and carcinogenic crude Oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's blown crude Oil well.

Cindi   June 22nd, 2010 5:23 pm ET

The oil spill is a huge disaster, yes. All people should try to help in whatever way they can, yes. HOWEVER, I am so sick and tired of superstar actors, actresses and sports people "giving" their time to try to get money from the average working person in America. HELLO...many people are losing their homes, living on the streets, going hungry. Most of us are thankful to have any type of job and we have no money for extras. If every "superstar" gave even a mere 10% of their yearly income this country could wipe out multitudes of problems. Instead, they give their time, but rarely their money. There are those celebrities who give their time and money-many of them behind the scenes. They rock! For the rest of them...they are looking to be newsworthy.

jeff johnson   June 22nd, 2010 5:51 pm ET

It was advertised on CNN that if you want a job down in the gulf or elsewhere cleaning up oil call this number 866-310-1586. That number gets you PEC/Premier Safety Management, inc. Well, we called, drove SIX Hours and attended a Four to Six hour class to get certified. After getting a cert. card we asked, ok what do we do now, who do we call or where do we go to get a job or just help clean up OUR state? They said they COULD NOT HELP US AT ALL. They were NOT allowed to give us numbers of contractors or help us in any way to get a job! Is this just another SCAM from BP? If they (BP) are using the money spent on these classes as part of the money spent helping Louisiana, IT IS A LIE AND FALSE ADVERTISEMENT. Please help us find out how we can help, how we can get a job cleaning up our Great State. OUR PEC CARD IS NOT WORTH THE PAPER ITS PRINTED ON! Thank you, from a proud veteran in Louisiana

gerald Jolly   June 22nd, 2010 5:53 pm ET

My condolenses to every poor soul that was victimized by this telethon scam.

You have my pity.

Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Thank-you Larry King, CNN Staffers and special guests for a terrific telethon for the ill and stricken Gulf Coast sea life, mammals and people!

Gen. McChrystal should resign in utter disgrace or be fired by President Obama after the revealing in-depth investigative report by the Rolling Stones reporters. The explosive remarks by Gen. McChrystal and his own staff against President Obama, Vice President Biden, the US Ambassador in Afghanistan and a host of retired and highly respected US Military Generals is nothing short of trash talk that is entirely unworthy of any US Commander actively guiding US Military troops.

Gen. McChrystal's 'shake and bake' strategy is a failed strategy. From day ONE UK and NATO Commanders stated Gen. McChrystal's shake and bake cookie cutter strategy of instant Afgahanistan troops and instant Governors would fail. The temporary success in its first test in Marjah appears to be fleeting and failing. Gen. McChrystal's rules of engagement (ROE's) is widely condemned by the US Military troops expected to carry them out and not be killed in the process.

Dump Gen. McChrystal, accept his resignation, and bring home our troops in Afghanistan July 2011. Mission accomplished Bush jr.

I hope CNN goes over Oliver Stone's interview with a South American president who sat down with then former President Bush jr. in Monterrey California and was told directly by Bush jr. that WAR was very good for the economy. The South American President looked Bush jr. in the eyes and asked, 'War'? YES Bush jr. gleefully answered, and then was told there were no Wars in South America. The EVIL radiating from Bush jr. was clearly palpitable.

Judy Miller   June 22nd, 2010 6:26 pm ET

I thought BP was footing the bill for this? Why are American people ONCE AGAIN being asked to give our money. ????

doon   June 22nd, 2010 6:46 pm ET

You can text the word GULF to 46800 and be connected to the telethon number.

leroy   June 22nd, 2010 8:34 pm ET

they are drilling in salt water! what do u think about what they are going to do when the wells that are in the water now how are they going to cap them rember it is in salt water the caps that they put on wont last long and start to leak and let more oil come out and then how will they see if and when they start to leak and when they dont have pipe to weild the pipe when there is no pipe there no more thank u for your time leroy azle tx.

Christie   June 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

The President will be making a mistake if he fires McChrystal. McChrystal should offer his resignation and then he and the President should talk through the situation. It would be interesting to hear McChrystal's side of anything related to Rolling Stones.

Jeanne J. Rose   June 22nd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Dear Larry:

I love your show and watch it every night. To be able to add my comments is a nice filip to your exciting format.

In response to your query in re General McChristal, YES, I believe he should be fired. It is paramount that a man in his position respect his Commander In Chief and if he cannot, he should resign. To publicly humiliate his president is the height of disrespect and arrogance and President Obama should set an example, just as Truman did with McArthur, and kick his butt.

Jeanne J. Rose

Toi   June 22nd, 2010 11:12 pm ET

Such wonderful thing to hear, God Bless America, we have so many kind hearts people that willing to help out others. We did donated some money also. Thank you Larry King and all the celeberties, you all are such great people.

Vallary   June 23rd, 2010 12:13 am ET

I don't know the whole story on General McChristal. I am not sure if what he said wasn't the truth. You know the truth some times is hard to take. But, I am more worried about Obama getting on TV with a reporter and saying now he knows "who's ass to kick" this is a leader of the free world and very well educate man. That is the best he can come up with to say. Then I don't see anything happing now he knows He is playing golf and the other one is on a yacht race, Boats still tied to the docks, people loosing jobs, point is if you know who ass to kick than kick it and lets move on and get this mess up, I am very upset of what has happen to the gulf. I live on the east coast of the carolinas. I am very worried of the oil, and now it is hurricane season. I wish the reporters that are down there would give some credit to those who are working and trying to make things right. There good people that work for BP and other contractors that work to make things safe and writing procedures to follow. And bottom line is management drop the ball. When management don't buy into safety first at all times then that is when you have problems. BP didn;t in 2005 when 15 people were killed because they didn't correct problems now another 11 My heart goes out to the families.
Don't wait on BP to fix this. do yourself. because BP has lied about it all and they will continue to save face their own.

Supreme   June 23rd, 2010 1:30 am ET

Many of us haven’t been directly affected by disaster in the Gulf. That’s maybe the reason many of us are so hesitant to donate to cleanup efforts in Gulf. It’s sad but unfortunately true. The proportion of mess is such that it will take more than BP and their money to cleanup the affected area as well to help suffering businesses.

As per Gen. McChrystal and the Rolling Stone article, I think we’re missing the point. This is not about McChrystal’s resignation. This outburst is alarming. It indicates a deep frustration of our military personnel in Afghanistan. I think they wanted to be heard and by all means –they have accomplished that. What’s our strategy in Afghanistan? What has been accomplished so far? We know who is paying this was – but the question is who is leading it?

Dawn Starr   June 23rd, 2010 2:15 am ET

These people were all yelling “Drill baby drill” and now their yelling “Hey big government, give us money!” Are you kidding me?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 23rd, 2010 7:04 am ET

Yes, goes to show what can be accomplished when people all work together for the good. God bless you all who took part in raising this amount to help the Gulf Coast.

As the biblical saying goes.......IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE!

Thank you to Larry King and CNN and to the celebrities as well. Well done.

BlondieKnox   June 23rd, 2010 10:04 am ET

This is what I think – all these rich movie stars are the ones who need to contribute! Not us who make white and blue collar wages. Let the rich folks shell out the bucks. Most of them have more than they could spend in 10 lifetimes, anyway. Just leave us workers alone and stop trying to get our money. We have to work hard for it.

Mike   June 23rd, 2010 12:27 pm ET

I see the question a lot about "why should I donate" and "isn't BP paying for all this?" – When I hear how Exxon never made good on the Alaska cleanup and how they ended up paying pennies on the dollars they owed, it's insanity to think BP is going to do anything different. I don't trust BP and we need to step up and help those who can't help themselves or will never get help no matter what the BP press machine wants us to think. There is a lot of info out there for why groups like CNN are raising funds independent of BP, research it before asking these questions is my take on the topic.

Matthew   June 23rd, 2010 12:41 pm ET

When is someone going to have a telethon for individuals and families that lost their Jobs and are trying to find work?

Jim Schneider   June 23rd, 2010 1:59 pm ET

I feel if we can $$$ to other countries, why not to our own citizens? I donated to each of the three funds. Was supposed to get a confirmation e-mail and show the donations in my credit card statement but did not....??

connie   June 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET


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