Events like the “Coming Together Telethon” featuring Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, and others raised $23 million. Elsewhere, celebrity chef Rachel Ray gave $500,000 to pets affected by the hurricane, while Lady Gaga donated $1 million to the Red Cross.
On “Person to Person” Friday night, CBS will profile New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who the network announces gave $1 million to relief causes through the Brees Dream Foundation.
"We want to be able to give back what's been given to us," Drew Brees tells co-hosts Charlie Rose and Lara Logan on "Person To Person." The couple also say their foundation will infuse $2 million into the New Orleans community before the Super Bowl in February.
Brees is no stranger to environmental devastation. He arrived in New Orleans from the San Diego Chargers in 2005, just months before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. In its aftermath, his Dream foundation worked tirelessly to rebuild schools and youth athletic facilities damaged by the storm.
Before the Super Bowl in February, Brees and his wife Brittany pledge to pour another $2 million into enriching the New Orleans community.
"We feel so loyal and so tied to the city." Brees said. "It's a very unique place. But if you love New Orleans, it'll love you back."
Brees gave CBS a tour of his home, including his extensive Ted Williams memorabilia collection. Brees considers Williams to be his hero, and wears the number nine to honor him. Among Williams collectables in the Brees household are Williams' flight logs from World War Two.