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Celebs join hands to raise funds for hurricane victims

Celebs join hands to raise funds for hurricane victims

Last night (12 September) the Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief charity telethon brought together a bounty of A-list celebrities to help raise money for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which wreaked havoc across Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.

Gov. Abbott is also expected to participate in the Hand In Hand Telethon, which will be broadcast Tuesday on multiple networks, including ABC at 7 p.m., and on Facebook Live. In total, the effort raised $44 million and counting Phone lines remained open through the night and it's still possible to contribute. Just this past week you've seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 natural disaster in Mexico, and two catastrophic hurricanes...

The event is sponsored by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Verizon, Apple, Albertsons Companies Foundation, Merck and Paypal and is a program of Comic Relief, Inc.

Stevie Wonder kicked off the one-hour commercial-free special with a performance of "Lean On Me" accompanied by a choir while Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx gave opening remarks.

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Now it's time for viewers to deliver on providing donations to help those affected by Harvey and Irma. "Natural disasters don't discriminate", she said. The Mayor's Fund is through the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund, the release said. "We want to come together as a nation and believe in that idea that we all signed up for, that when things get tough, we stick together". Celebrities requested donations, told heartwarming survival stories involving people caught in the storm and sang songs. Later in the evening, Brad Paisley, Darius Rocker, Demi Lovato and CeCe Winans collaborated on "With A Little Help From My Friends" (the Joe Cocker version).

You can also make a $25 donation by texting the word GIVE to 80077.

George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Drake, Sean Combs, Kerry Washington, Luke Bryan, Cher, Tom Hanks and dozens more worked the phones, spoke and performed during the hour-long event that was hosted simultaneously in New York, Hollywood and Nashville.


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