updated 12/07/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/07/2010 AT 11:45 AM ET
They’re back online!
After signing off Facebook and Twitter for a week as part of the so-called “Digital Death” charity campaign, celebrities including Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian are returning to social networking – having met their fund-raising goal of $1 million for AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive.
The public and the stars involved in the campaign donated half a million dollars, while pharma billionaire and noted philanthropist Stewart Rahr on Tuesday offered to match that amount.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the fans, friends and artists who stood together for this cause and saved real lives,” Keys, one of Keep a Child Alive’s founders, said in a statement. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support from everyone.”
The fund-raising milestone will be good news for Usher, who was supposed to be part of the campaign – but Tweeted several messages over the weekend, including a birthday note to songwriter/producer Rico Love.