Jay Leno Raises $100,000 in Gulf Aid

Jay Leno headshot, as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" host, performs, 9-30-96
Late-night host Jay Leno brought comedy and cash to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help the area recover from the BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

More than 1,000 people watched Leno perform Saturday night at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi to raise money for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Tickets were $40 to $150.

At the end of the show, Leno presented an oversized check for $90,336 to foundation president Rich Westfall. Leno chipped in some of his own money, topping off the evening's fundraising total at about $100,000.
Leno is among several celebrities to come to the aid of the Gulf coast, which is losing a large share of its annual tourism money this summer.

Earlier this summer, Jimmy Buffett held a free concrt in Alabama, attended by tens of thousands of people dressed in Hawaiian shirts and parrot hats.

Two weeks ago, President Obama and his family spent a weekiend vacationing on the Florida Panhandle, even swimming in the Gulf to show others how safe it is.