‘Hand in Hand’ Hurricane Relief Telethon Raises Over $44 Million

Hand in Hand
Screenshot

The star-studded “Hand in Hand” hurricane-relief benefit raised more than $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Tuesday night, according to ABC News. A total of $14 million was raised during the hour-long live show, with $30 million donated in the hours that followed.

The telethon, which aired live from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville on multiple networks, was produced by SB Projects (Justin Bieber/Ariana Grande management team Scooter Braun and Alison Kaye) and Den of Thieves (Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager), along with veteran Houston rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman.

Related

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

During the telethon, Stephen Colbert announced that Apple was donating $5 million, Jimmy Fallon noted that Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $1 million, and Houston Rockets star Chris Paul said that the NBA Players Association not only donated $500,000, but would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000.

Other celebs taking part included George Clooney, Bieber, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Drake, Julia Roberts, Leonardo Dicaprio, J Balvin, George Strait, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Faith Hill, DJ Khaled, Tim McGraw,  Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand, Justin Timberlake and others.

The celebs were not subtle in their talk about global warming. Stevie Wonder, who led off the show with a cover of Bill Withers’ classic “Lean on Me,” said, “Anyone who believes there is no such thing as global warming must be blind… or unintelligent.”

Continuing with the show’s theme of empathy, Dave Matthews performed “Mercy,” Usher and Blake Shelton duetted on “Stand By Me,” and Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker and CeCe Winans performed the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” from Nashville. “Despacito” star Luis Fonsi teamed up Tori Kelly for Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and George Strait kept it down-home performing “Texas” with Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 50

Leave a Reply

50 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. So how do get part of it . my sisters whole house flood and everyone is turning her foe for up but every one used her picture to raise money. So plesde let me know how she can get dome help.

  2. Robyn Sanders says:

    And how do those of us who need help apply for it on this fundraiser

  3. Frank says:

    Walmart on its own has already donated over 30 m.

  4. Jimmy Green says:

    I only saw Cher & Streisand for about 5 minutes and then they disappeared. Why did they even sit down at the phones?

  5. jenaq says:

    The comments on this thread are actually hysterical!! What are these screaming crazies doing commenting on a VARIETY comment thread? Either they are closeted celebrity followers in real life or someone pointed them to this site to stir things up and they are likely part of some far right group simply looking to stir things up. Variety isn’t a gossip rag like People or UsWeekly; they are entertainment news geared mostly for those in the entertainment field.

    What’s even funnier is that they know who all these celebrities are and what they did, at the same time that they are trashing them! How do they know what Niki Minaj did? It’s not mentioned in the story! lol

    I can also absolutely guarantee that not a single one of these heartless fools has ever been through anything like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If they had they would know that the US CITIZENS in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean will gladly taken help from anyone right now. They are in desperate need. Only completely selfish, arrogant, ignorant fools would question in any way, anyone who is offering help to them. If any of these fools had truly donated anything to help those in need they wouldn’t be criticizing others who not only do the same but can do so in a greater way.

    You’ve proven what idiots you are to anyone who reads this thread. Please go back to your wretchedly pathetic lives and allow those who believe in ‘do undo others as you would have done undo you’, do what is right.

  6. Tw says:

    It’s nice to see this come together for a good cause. Why we they pick and choose the cause they want to support. North Carolina victims who suffered in the flood is still suffering. The only celebrity that showed concern was Todd Gurley Heather LA Rams

    • Jenaw says:

      This was not a ‘pick and choose’ fundraiser. It was for ALL victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in any city or state. If you’re referring to previous flooding along the coast of NC you must understand that not every natural disaster gets national coverage. Todd Gurley went to UGA and is therefore more familiar with something that happened in NC. There has been nothing done for all those suffering from the wildfires across the west. Are they less deserving then those in NC? As sad and unfair as it may seem, only those natural (or man made) disasters that effect millions of people or are so intensely grievous (like the Sandy Hook killings) and get massive news coverage will likely get widespread fundraisers like this one.

  7. Bevery smith says:

    Why is it that some entertainers always infer racial problems, global warming and they are smarter than others because they are wealthy. Beyoncé, Barbara and Opra and Cher are disgusting. Surprised they just don’t want blacks to get the funds. Sick of them and no longer watch them or listen too them.

  8. Rzzzz says:

    What a libtard parade that was, a bunch of elitists freaks and global whiners. These limousine liberals make me sick. You know with Clooney and the other deviants involved maybe 10% of the money will go to the victims. The rest will to planned parenthood and all of these no talents and has beens assistants, chauffeurs and hair stylists.

  9. Carol says:

    Not all you poor celebrities get on a plane
    Roll up you sleeves and get into the
    Real mess people are facing. Take a saw on the plane. Stop pontificating,
    Sickening.

  10. Sharon L says:

    It’s too bad once again you have to take something beautiful and turn it political!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Asshats. I’m sure you could have raised so much more. I’m so sick of all you speeches. Believe it or not, we all have brains and can figure things out for ourselves! STOP WITH THE POLITICAL BULL!

  11. Rick says:

    The sentiment was heartfelt but
    Estimated costs for both Hurricanes 200,000,000,000 (that’s 200 Billion for common core victims)
    They raised 44,000,000 (44 million) or rather pledged.

    Take off all the zeros and thats like someone owing you $200,000 and you receiving $14 dollars – or with 1 million people with lost homes, cars, jobs – they each get $14, buys a couple mocha frapachinos.

    Rather watch the trash reality shows than the self promoting celebs whose absence from the show would have been a PR disaster for them. Drive to the Keys and pick up a shovel if you really want to help

  12. Dale says:

    JJ watts raised over 30 million by himself. These self promoting idiots are only speaking politicly to spread their left coast agenda . WHO CARES!!!

  13. Dale taylor says:

    With 44 million raised how much goes to varies relief organizations?

  14. Thank you to the producers and Justin Beiber’s company and others to quickly respond with this telethon as top celebs using their star power to fundraise is the true purpose and the millions donated on top of it by various celebs like Sondra Bullock donating one million, etc is allowing every human to know that we can “lean on….when we are not strong and need a hand”…..as it takes many in body and ONE IN MIND to manifest miracles and this support to so many humans and animals in the hurricanes is a true gift of grace and God’s blessing to unite these wonderful celebs that gave their hearts last nite. I have been requested to assist Evacuation Crises Intervention Teams up for many days supporting thousands evacuated into school gyms in past NY Hurricanes and I believe in team work.

    • Rzzzz says:

      This wasn’t about helping anybody. This was about preaching to the little people, the deplorables…..they can all go to hell.

  15. Tom McAuley says:

    self serving idiots out of touch with reality

  16. Diane says:

    I strongly believe the celebrity’s intent is out of kindness and there feelings of devastation. There people just like we are. It doesn’t matter we’re or how you donate it just matters that we all help in whatever way we can. Degrading and uncalled for comments to people (celebrities) or anyone helping is what’s wrong with people today. This is The US just pull together be kind and help. I live on a very fixed income but donated $50 if everyone helps it helps victims that have nothing right now. God bless

  17. I cried upon sharing in some of personal stories. And I’m glad many celebrities helped bring attention to both tragedies along with contributing money. The fact is these two extreme weather events were wake up calls to humanity. Whether we correctly use them to reorient ourselves depend on the leadership we elect. These celebrities have done their work; it remains for the politics we choose to articulate whether or not we will awaken to our collective responsibility.

    • Rzzzz says:

      Stop with your lies. This was the 7th biggest hurricane on record. The 5th was in 1886. What caused that one? Horse farts? Stop with your B.S. and propaganda…..

  18. Nicole says:

    It’s funny how the people complaining most about celebrities not doing “enough” haven’t donated one red cent to this cause, or any cause for that matter. You don’t have to be filthy rich to help people. You guys are just looking to complain for the sake of complaining. How about be about it and actually help too. What have you done?

    • Danno says:

      How would know whether or not “the people complaining” contributed to any causes?
      You said : “…haven’t donated one red cent to this cause, or any cause for that matter.”
      I’m just interested in how you can make this claim…But then you end your post asking “what have they done?”
      So DON’T know what they’ve done? You seemed so sure that all of these folks gave nothing, earlier in your post.

      Are you just starstruck?

  19. Pat says:

    I am saddened by the self-serving delusional attacks on the participating celebrities who donated their time, talent, publicly and financial support privately and the scientific community and intelligent citizenry who understand that the continuous damage to the environment causes negative irreversible consequences to natural resources and climate.

    • Djc says:

      Financial support? REALLY? none of them gave one dime of their millions.

    • Rzzzz says:

      I’m saddened by disgusting, liberal celebutards who think they can overthrow a democratically elected president with the help of the deep state, the media and useful idiots who worship them. These people are pretenders and circus monkeys who dance when we throw money at them. As far as global warming, that started after the Ice Age but you can’t blame that on dinosaur farts can you?

    • Pat, I would add biological diversity to your “natural resources and climate.”

  20. Brenda says:

    Also, if I were a victim of Irma, I wouldn’t count on seeing any money from them anytime soon. Celebrities are great at promoting themselves, but rarely follow through.

  21. Brenda says:

    Truly now, you think I am going to give a dime to Cher? I don’t think so.

  22. Brenda says:

    Other news sources are saying that they raised only 14 million. Either way, quite low. Nobody even knew this was on. People don’t watch the big three networks any longer. Besides, why tune in to be lectured by celebrities that have everything? They insult the American public and call them names for voting for President Trump, then they expect us to give to them? I would much rather give to the American Red Cross. I actually trust them. I don’t trust any celebrity.

    • Frank says:

      agree.
      This was free publicity by the richest celebrity users.
      The publicity alone was well worth over 100 m as it will always be referenced to in helping advance the celebrities’ careers.

      • Rzzzz says:

        Amen to that ! The whole industry is filled with deviants and pedophiles, Cory Feldman said all these people know what is going on, but look the other way to save their careers. Meanwhile they preach to us about humanity while measuring their freedom by how many babies they can kill. These hollywood elites are really sick.

      • Frank says:

        Except for Stevie wonder,
        and a few others that never got a camera shot.

  23. Christine says:

    JJ Watts single handily raised over 30 million from fans and such….. just saying

  24. David R Stone says:

    All these Social Hollywood Elites who for the most part could have given 1 million dollars each but instead they get on TV to fleece America.

    • Dan says:

      Agree.
      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.

  25. David R Stone says:

    Global warming is a farce created by those who want to become extremely wealthy by investing in Carbon Offset Credits (COC). COC are ferocious thing to be bought and sold to offset someone’s over use or creation of carbon emissions. It is one of the world’s biggest attempted Ponzi schemes. Obama wanted to to pass a bill in the House and Senate called Cap and Trade bill. They would use the Chicago Climate Exchange to buy and sell carbon credits. Al Gore started the Chicago Climate Exchange with a $1000000 donation from the Joyce Foundation which Senaotor Obama was on its board of directors and Barack Obama as United States Senator of the state of Illinois convince the Joyce Foundation to give the Chicago climate Exchange the $1000000 they needed to stop the exchange. And I’m sure that Barack Obama had money invested in the Chicago climate Exchange which would have made him billions of dollars had it passed the house and the Senate which it failed.

  26. David R Stone says:

    Global warming is a farce created by those who want to become extremely wealthy by investing in Carbon Offset Credits (COC). COC are ferocious thing to be bought and sold to offset someone’s over use or creation of carbon emissions. It is one of the world’s biggest attempted Ponzi schemes. Obama wanted to to pass a bill in the House and Senate called Cap and Trade bill. They would use the Chicago Climate Exchange to buy and sell carbon credits. Al Gore started the Chicago Climate Exchange with a $1000000 donation from the Joyce Foundation to which Barack Obama as United States Senator of the state of Illinois convince the Joyce Foundation to give the Chicago climate Exchange the $1000000 they needed to stop the exchange. And I’m sure that Barack Obama had money invested in the Chicago climate Exchange which would have made him billions of dollars had it passed the house and the Senate which it failed.

More Music News from Variety

Loading