‘Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief’ Sees Stars Call for Unity: ‘Natural Disasters Don’t Discriminate’

Hurricane Telethon Sees Stars Call for
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The “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” telethon brought together stars from all forms of media to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The star-studded phone bank for the event included: Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Barbara Streisand, Jay Leno, Craig Robinson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Josh Gad, Cher, Justin Bieber, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Sofia Vergara, David Spade, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Bryan Cranston, Tyler Perry, and many more raising money for the homes and lives destroyed in places like Houston, Texas, and the Florida Keys.

In addition, many stars provided video messages of love and support for the victims of both storms. Iconic singer Beyoncé, a native of Houston herself, said in her message, “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Jewish or Muslim, rich or poor…We’re all in this together.”

Action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also sent in a video message in which he shared his family’s own experience of surviving Hurricane Andrew when he was just a child. “There are no strangers in the aftermath of a hurricane,” Johnson said. “No political parties, no agendas…It’s all about survival and coming together as one because that’s all that matters.”

The special event was also filled with musical performances, including Stevie Wonder opening the show with a performance of “Lean on Me.” Later on, Usher and Blake Shelton, performing live in Nashville, played a rendition of “Stand By Me,” while Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi sang “Hallelujah,” to name just a few of the moving performances.

As the night closed, Crystal thanked the audience for tuning in and announced that the telethon had raised over $14.5 million in just an hour, as well as saying that phone lines will be open all night for those wishing to donate.

The telethon was originally put together to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey, but was expanded to include those affected by Hurricane Irma as well. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to a range of charities aiding recovery efforts. The organizations include the United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Texas and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief. “Hand in Hand” was the brainchild of music manager and producer Scooter Braun’s SB Projects. Braun and Allison Kaye serve as executive producers along with Den of Thieves’ Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager and Houston-based rapper Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman.

For more information, updates and to donate, head over to HandInHand2017.com.

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    1. This is a great way to raise money and overall I applaud them. Yet one has to wonder, how much of their own vast fortunes did they donate. With the star studded lineup, couldn’t they match the 14 Million and make it 28M? If not then make it an even 20M? Sandra Bullock donated 1M to Harvey relief, where is Clooney’s 1M? Just asking.

    2. This is one of the best articles I have come across. Keep up the good work.

    3. Danny Eller says:

      Screw the leftist sycophants. If you *really* want to help with your money *actually* going to help those truly in need, give to the *Salvation Army*, *Baptist Charities of America*, or the *American Red Cross*.

      • julie says:

        WOW!! Is it really necessary to make a political one-sided view to what should be only about helping ALL people affected by these disasters!!!

      • Candi says:

        First of all, leave your political views out is this. The stars came together to raise funds for those that need help due the damage done because of Harvey and Irma. They are doing a great thing. I pray that God will bless them and those who are giving to help others.

        Second, the money raised tonight IS going to charities that are in the Houston area, in Texas and Florida. If giving to the Red Cross you have to mark that the donation is for the victims in Texas otherwise it goes into their General Funds. I find other agencies and give to them.

        • Dan says:

          Oprah would never miss 100m out of her 3 billion worth. and she has a new show coming out soon.
          All the stars could have been required to donate at least 2 m in order to be included in the telethon in exchange for the free publicity they receive.

    4. charlie says:

      The highlight was seeing mom and dad Bey and Drake and of course the Donations.

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