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UNIVISION'S NATIONAL TELETHON RAISES NEARLY $5 MILLION FOR HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS

 UNIVISION'S NATIONAL TELETHON RAISES NEARLY $5 MILLION
 FOR HURRICANE ANDREW VICTIMS
 MIAMI, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- An outpouring of support from the U.S. Hispanic community was evident last night as the Univision network aired "Los Hispanos Se Dan La Mano," a national telethon that aired simultaneously from Miami, New York and Los Angeles and served as the culmination of a two-week-long effort to raise funds to aid Hurricane Andrew victims in South Florida. All in all, Univision's televised programs have raised a total of $4.6 million.
 "This is the largest disaster that the Red Cross has responded to in its 111-year history," commented Don Jones, general manager of disaster services for the American Red Cross. "If we can do one bit of effort to alleviate the suffering, then we've been successful." Since the hurricane hit, the Red Cross has provided 3 million meals to victims.
 "Sabado Gigante's" Don Francisco was the host, along with special guests Raul Velasco, star of "Siempre en Domingo" and Gilberto Correa of "Super Sabado Sensacional." The star-studded special featured a constellation of celebrities from the world of Latin music including Gloria Estefan, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Ricardo Montaner, Rocio Durcal, Daniela Romo, Bibi Gaytan, Raul Di Blasio, Jon Secada, Luis Enrique, and many others. Other Latin performers who phoned in their spiritual and financial support included Julio Iglesias, Xuxa, Raphael, Emmanuel, Ana Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Paloma San Basilio and soccer star Pele. Univision personalities appearing in Miami included Cristina Saralegui, Charytin, Maria Elena Salinas, Mauricio Zeilic and Maria Celeste Arraras.
 Fernando Fiore and Maty Monfort hosted live segments of the telethon in New York from Univision's station WXTV-Channel 41. From Univision's Los Angeles station KMEX-Channel 34, Paul Rodriguez, Cristina Aceves and Jose Ronstadt hosted a number of special guests such as Celia Cruz, Maria Conchita Alonso and Angela Carrasco.
 Prominent Hispanic leaders from near and far were also on hand to show their support. Florida congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, Florida congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart, and the president's son Jeb Bush, made personal appearances throughout the program. In addition, phone interviews were conducted with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Antonio Villamil, Chilean President Patricio Aylwin and Costa Rican President Rafael Angel Calderon.
 Significant donations were made by major corporations such as United Airlines, American Express Moneygram, Sears, Hallmark Cards, Helene Curtis, Republic National Bank, Cafe Bustelo, Iberia Foods and American Airlines. The largest contributions cane from Procter & Gamble, which donated $250,000; and from Barnett Bank, which donated $200,000.
 Throughout the broadcast footage provided by Univision's Miami station WLTV-Channel 23 and "Noticiero Univision" showed some of the areas in South Florida most devastated by the storm as well as those affected by it.
 All the monies collected by the telethon will go directly to the American Red Cross via a fund set up specifically to help Hurricane Andrew victims.
 Univision Holdings, Inc., is the largest Spanish-language media and marketing services company in the United States. Its principal operating entities include the Univision network, which reaches 90 percent of U.S. Hispanic households via satellite-interconnected broadcast and cable affiliates; the Univision station group, comprised of nine full-power television stations; and Mas magazine, which has the largest circulation of any Spanish-language magazine in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Rosalyn Espinosa, 305-471-4008, or Carmen Hiers, 305-471-3982, both of Univision/ CO: Univision ST: Florida IN: ENT SU:


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