WWE Raises more than $500,000 for Superstorm Sandy Relief
Steve Feitl | Asbury Park Press
But it was the event’s combination of celebrity starpower and community outreach that had the greatest effect on the region.
World Wrestling Entertainment announced this week its “Superstars for Sandy Relief” raised $524,742 for superstorm Sandy relief.
The auction was a combined effort from WWE, Gov. Chris Christie, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and numerous celebrities and athletes, in conjunction with WWE’s flagship event at MetLife Stadium on April 7. All proceeds benefited Mary Pat Christie’s Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
“The state of New Jersey is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Gov. Christie in a WWE news release. “The overwhelming support from WWE and a host of celebrities to help the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is something that the people of New Jersey will never forget.”
The initiative raised most of its funds through an online auction that offered unique experiences with WWE wrestlers and other well-known personalities. The top-selling item was a chance to pitch a business idea to Dallas Mavericks owner and noted investor Mark Cuban — an opportunity that was worth $33,215 to one would-be entrepreneur.
Additionally, a Sean “Diddy” Combs-hosted party in New York on April 4 raised more than $75,000 from a live auction, led by FOX broadcaster Joe Buck.
Diddy went on to be one of two musical acts at this year’s WrestleMania. Living Colour was the other, performing “Cult of Personality” as CM Punk made his way to the ring for his clash against the Undertaker in front of an announced crowd of 80,676 at the home of the Giants and Jets.
“‘Superstars for Sandy Relief’ helped raise significant funds and awareness to support the people of New York and New Jersey who are still affected long after the devastating storm,” said Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO. “I’m proud that WWE and its global fan base supported such an important initiative.”