BOSTON – Donald Trump, Ben Affleck, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jon Cryer and other celebrities have helped raise more than $2.8 million in a radio-telethon for the Jimmy Fund, the children's cancer-fighting charity favored by the Boston Red Sox.
The all-day fundraiser on WEEI-AM radio and New England Sports Network cable television station passed its goal of $2.6 million by 12:30 a.m. Saturday and was continuing to accept online donations through the weekend.
Trump, a telethon guest who also threw out the first pitch at the second game of a Red Sox-Yankees doubleheader, donated $60,000 that moved the total ahead of last year's $2.3 million.
Red Sox owner John Henry donated $30,000 and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner kicked in $10,000.
Others participating in the telethon were "Fever Pitch" filmmakers Peter and Bobby Farrelly, and Massachusetts Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry. Gov. Mitt Romney also sent in a donation.
The Jimmy Fund, established in 1948 to support cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been the primary charity for the Red Sox since 1953.