Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

'Hand in Hand' benefit raises $44 million (and counting) for hurricane relief

Hand In Hand Hurricane Harvey, Irma Relief Telethon: How to Watch Star-Studded Event
Lamar Ellis | 14 September, 2017, 01:45

Joining Strait at the news conference will be country western artists Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, and Gov. Greg Abbott and Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The multi-network broadcast included music stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and more.

Information will be available throughout the broadcast, but supporters can make donations via phone, text messaging, or online throughout the broadcast and up to one hour after the telethon ends. "With something in the disease-related community, you go: 'I hope this helps.' This one, you go: 'Oh, it's going to help'". As Billy Crystal said in closing the show, "This is what America is all about...a gathering of people from all across the country".

"The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day", said Beyonce, before listing the array of natural disasters that have affected the world this week. Dave Matthews picked his guitar from a studio above Times Square, and Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato and Cece Winans sang the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends". They don't care if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi teamed up for a soaring version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

Oprah and Cher relayed the tale of the man saved from flood waters by a human chain of passers-by. In the USA, these networks include ABC, Bravo, CBS, E!, FOX, HBO, MTV, MTV2, MTV Live, MTV Classic, NBC and Oxygen. Apple pledged $5 million to the effort while Merk and Albertsons Cos. each gave $1 million. For numerous stars, the storms hit close to home. I haven't been able to be there.

ORANGE, TX - SEPTEMBER 07: Paul Morris checks on neighbors homes in a flooded district of Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on September 7, 2017 in Orange, Texas. "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".

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