Celine Dion, Elton John Perform at Benefit
2/20/2006 8:03 PM PT
Celine Dion and Elton John sang together for the first time Monday night at a benefit to raise money for Harrah's Entertainment Inc. (HET) workers affected by last year's hurricanes.
The pair, who sang duets of "Sorry" and "Saturday Night" before a packed Colosseum at Caesars Palace, also were joined by Jerry Seinfeld to raise $2.1 million for some 8,000 casino workers in the Gulf Coast region.
The money came on top of $4.5 million the world's largest casino operator already had collected for its staff, said Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman.
"I've played in Biloxi many times," John said. "I'm just glad we can do a little something for those people's lives that will never be the same again for many, many years. God bless them." Some 4,100 people paid $100 to $1,000 each to watch the trio take turns on the stage.
"He lightens our lives in the evenings quite a bit," said Corp. Mattias Ronnberg, an 18-year-old conscript.