By all accounts, last Friday's star-studded "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon was an enormous success. The A-list celebs everyone from Julia Roberts to Tom Cruise to Celine Dion performing, manning phones and making heartfelt pleas on behalf of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks brought donors out in droves. In fact, total pledges via phone and the Internet totaled over $150 million.
Among the TV luminaries pitching in was Judging Amy's Amy Brenneman. "I think this whole week and a half, myself and everyone I know just haven't known what to do with ourselves, to be honest," the actress tells TV Guide Online. "Quite literally... Do we go back to work? Do we pretend nothing's happened? Do we change our lives completely? It's really hard.
"I find the only relief I get is in community with people," Brenneman says. "It feels great to be a part of something really big and something that might do some good."
Summing up her feelings about joining forces with her showbiz colleagues, she adds: "I think what's nice about coming together for a relief effort is that people can give a thousand percent for that. Everybody can really rally around those people who lost so much. I feel great about that and I feel great about Hollywood using its resources to do something good."
Donations to the effort can still be made at the telethon's website, TributetoHeroes.org
. Additional cash will be raised via sales of a benefit album of the show's musical performances as soon as legal rights can be obtained from all the artists. "It's being done as soon as possible," the telethon's harried spokesperson told Reuters
. "They're working on it as fast as humanly possible."