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ABC's 'Day of Giving' Campaign Raises $15M for Sandy Relief Efforts

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All day Monday, ABC joined the American Red Cross for a "Day of Giving," urging viewers to donate money to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

The "Day of Giving" campaign was promoted on ABC shows such as Good Morning America, Dancing with the Stars and Jimmy Kimmel Live!  At last word, it had raised over $15.6 million, including a match of $3 million from Samsung.

GMA had several celebrities work a phone bank, accepting donations from viewers.  Those stars included Barbara Walters, Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Rachael Ray, Tony Danza, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Edwards, Ana Gasteyer, Daisy Fuentes and Andrew Shue.

Danza said the devastation caused by the storm has brought people together.

"No matter who you are or where you come from, we're all people and we all have to pull together to get through this," he said.

Snooki said she is still without power, but wanted to help people who are worse off than she is.

Hawke noted the storm has impacted his off-Broadway play, Ivanov.

He said, "I've only had one show ever canceled, which was Sept. 11, and now we had six canceled, a whole week of performances canceled, that's the only way that I can really grade the scale of this 'cause it always takes me a while to register...this is really serious."

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Avenger's Grosses $80.5 Million on Friday, 2nd Biggest Film 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Walt Disney Co.'s "Marvel's The Avengers" became the second-biggest grossing film in box-office history on Friday, bringing in $80.5 million in Canada and the United States, Bloomberg reports.

Analysts expect the film, which features the Hulk, Thor and Iron Man, to earn between $150 million and $170 million, Bloomberg says. Time Warner Inc.'s "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" holds the record for highest grossing sales in a single-day, having brought in $91.1 million, according to, Bloomberg says.

"The Avengers" had already earned $304 million outside of Canada and the United States before Friday, Disney told Bloomberg in an email statement. Stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Roberty Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner make up the cast. The film also received a rare CinemaScore of A+, a grade given by theater goers as they leave the film, according to Bloomberg.

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Walt Disney Company to Hire 1,000 Veterans

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(BURBANK, Calif.) -- The Walt Disney Company says it's committed to doing more than just honor the men and women of the U.S. military who serve overseas.

On Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger unveiled a new project called "Heroes Work Here."  The new initiative will hire "one thousand U.S. veterans across all segments of our company."

The company launched the program in coordination with an effort by the White House and Congress to help returning veterans find work.

"Heroes Work Here" will not only be dedicated to giving vets a job, but to publicly acknowledge them for their service to their country after fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition, Disney plans to invest in non-profits that offer job training and other support for veterans.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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