20 years ago on September 21st, 2001
A benefit concert and telethon is simulcast across 35 major television channels and raises over $200 million for the September 11th Fund
America: A Tribute to Heroes featured musical performances from New York, London, and Los Angeles, and a variety of celebrities both hosting the event and answering calls. The money raised went toward cash assistance, counseling, and other services for individuals and businesses impacted by the September 11th attacks, and the Fund would distribute $528 million by 2004.
Although 'Tribute to Heroes' was the first fundraiser held, by October 2001, the 'Concert for New York City' would be held at Madison Square Garden with another all-star line-up and raise $35 million for first responders, and on October 21st the 'United We Stand: What More Can I Give' concert was headlined by Michael Jackson from Washington D.C. but was unfortunately haunted by technical problems and scheduling issues with performers.