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Louisiana Rising benefit concert raises more than $800K for flood relief

More than $800,000 was raised on Monday night at the Louisiana Rising benefit concert. (Source: Raycom Media) More than $800,000 was raised on Monday night at the Louisiana Rising benefit concert. (Source: Raycom Media)
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The Louisiana Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Relief on Monday night, September 5 raised more than $800,000 for American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief.

Organizers say the donations are still being counted.

Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson co-hosted the live show from Baton Rouge's River Center Theater.

Artists who performed during the show include Better Than Ezra, Aaron Neville, Hunter Hayes, Rebirth Brass Band, Luther Kent, Chris LeBlanc, Herman Jackson Jazz Quartet, Quiana Lynell, David Torkanowsky, Chris Thomas King, MacKenzie Bourg, Sonny Landreth, Dwayne Dopsie and Zachary Richard.

"We are thrilled with the results so far," said Pat LaPlatney, president and CEO of Raycom Media. "We appreciate all the artists who donated their time and energy to the concert. We are grateful to our broadcast partners that helped us reach markets beyond the Raycom Media footprint. Thank you to all our sponsors and the many who donated their goods and services. This was a tremendous effort to raise awareness and money to help the people of South Louisiana recover."

The live show was carried by Raycom Media, Bounce TV, the ABC Owned and Operated Stations, Hearst Television, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Cordillera Communications, Meredith, Graham Media Group and Cox Media Group. Viewers also tuned in via LIVE streaming on www.louisianarisingfloodrelief.com, which carried an additional hour of performances after the broadcast portion ended.

Donations are still being accepted at by clicking here. A link to the Red Cross site is also available by clicking here.

The August floods were responsible for the deaths of 13 people and damage to an estimated 154,000 homes. Tens of thousands are still living in shelters. Early estimates put total damage at $20 billion and initial recovery efforts are critical.

The Red Cross says the disaster in Louisiana is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the Northeast in 2012.

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