10-22-17 12:45 PM EDT | Email Article

By Michelle Coffey, MarketWatch

The five living former presidents of the United States put politics aside this weekend, teaming up in a rare joint appearance for a benefit concert in Texas where they helped raise over $30 million for hurricane victims.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared together on stage Saturday night for the "Deep From the Heart: One America Appeal" concert at Texas A&M University's Reed Arena in College Station, part of a larger hurricane disaster-relief effort that began in September (https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/) in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

A previously taped video of President Trump was played at the concert in which he noted the resiliency of Americans in the wake of devastating hurricanes that have hit Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and applauded the efforts of his predecessors.

See also: Trump gives Puerto Rico response a '10' as most of island remains without power (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-gives-puerto-rico-response-a-10-as-most-of-island-remains-without-power-2017-10-19)

The concert featured performances by Lyle Lovett, Alabama, Robert Earl Keen, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams and an appearance by Lady Gaga, who announced she would donate $1 million to the hurricane relief effort.

(https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/921921998875439105)

About $31 million has been raised so far from more than 80,000 donors, according to organizers of the "One America Appeal" initiative. The proceeds from Saturday's event will be spread throughout disaster relief organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The last time the five ex-presidents came together was in 2013 for the dedication of the George W. Bush library in Dallas. Former presidents have previously banded together to raise money for victims of past disasters, including the South Asia tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Haiti's earthquake in 2011.

See also: George W. Bush decries 'forces pulling us apart' (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-w-bush-decries-forces-pulling-us-apart-2017-10-19)

You can watch the benefit concert here:

-Michelle Coffey; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XfPL43Bwg0)

 

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