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April 18, 2014

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Bette Midler donates to Haitian relief with Colosseum show

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Pink, right, joins Bette Midler onstage at The Showgirl Must Go On in Caesars Palace.

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Pink and Carey Hart at Cirque du Soleil's Love in The Mirage on Jan. 7, 2010.

Bette Midler proved she really is the Divine Miss M over the weekend when she began collecting donations from her Caesars Palace audience at The Colosseum and promised to match it 100 percent. The Saturday night gifts from her fans totaled more than $19,000. Midler kept her word, and $38,742 with her match was earmarked for Doctors Without Borders for Haiti's earthquake victims.

Midler encouraged the audience to keep the devastated people of the Caribbean island nation in their thoughts as she sang "Wind Beneath My Wings." Midler's showgirls, affectionately known as the Caesar Salad Girls, took up the collections at the doors once the show was over.

The superstar singer was so overwhelmed by the generosity and caring hearts of her audience that she decided to go even one better. Now she has committed to match donations every night through her Jan. 31 final performance, which will wrap her two-year run of Las Vegas shows.

With only eight shows left before the curtains close on the spectacular The Showgirl Must Go On, everyone is clamoring to catch the show before it ends. Last night, Rep. Shelly Berkley attended, as did former Peepshow headliner and Spice Girl Mel B, plus chart-topper Pink with husband, Carey Hart. Pink surprised Midler with an impromptu duet of the latter's beloved hit "The Rose."

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Luxor headliner Carrot Top at CHI Theater in Planet Hollywood.

Carrot Top is another Strip star supporting the Haitian relief efforts. Also for the remainder of the month, he will be donating all of his merchandise sales to aid the Red Cross in Haiti.

"Watching the footage all week has had a profound effect on all of us," Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson said. "The difficult thing with being so far away is feeling like you want to help but not knowing how. I'm happy to be able to do something to bolster the amazing effort that the Red Cross has already begun."

Carrot Top merchandise can be purchased at the Atrium Theater, in retail outlets at the Luxor and at CarrotTop.com.