Hollywood's plea for relief during Tuesday night's (September 12) Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, which was broadcast on iHeartRadio Hit Nation and 17 different networks, helped raise over $44 million dollars, as per a new report from ABC News.
Originally meant to help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey and then extended to Hurricane Irma relief, the one-hour broadcast gathered $14 million during the actual show and $30 million in the hours that followed. However, it wasn't just participants at home that shared their generosity. While Stephen Colbert announced mid-telethon that Apple was donating $5 million, Jimmy Fallon revealed Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $1 million. Houston Rockets star Chris Paul said that the NBA Players Association would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000 on top of their initial $500,000 donation.
Not only did the program air live from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, but it also included a hefty amount of support from the stars, including George Clooney, Justin 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.
You can still make a difference to the cause by donation via phone, text and online, so head over to the Hand in Hand website and make your contribution.
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