So far, the The Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has received a total of $400,000; some of which was donated directly to Wiesel and his wife, Marion, but which the couple turned over to the foundation.
“At any moment it would have been an amazing outpouring of generosity,” Marion Wiesel says. “Specifically, in these times, it’s so amazing, and it continues. People have sent money [to us], strangers, and we have given it to the foundation. … We’re fine. It was a very bad blow, but we’re okay.”
…Barrett Wissman, chairman of talent-management agency IMG Artists, called the Wiesels shortly after reading about their Madoff losses and offered to enlist some of IMG’s clients pro bono in a fundraising event. Wissman hopes that the May 26 concert at Alice Tully Hall in New York will clear $1 million in donations for the foundation through ticket sales, underwriting, and a dinner.