Hand in Hand: Stars unite for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief

14 September, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Warren Cooper
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Celebrities and politicians are working hard to raise awareness and donations for residents impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the Hand In Hand hurricane relief telethon, organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun, sees some of our favorite artists raising funds.

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. At the end of the night, it was announced that the telethon had raised over $14 million.

The benefit will be filmed in San Antonio, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City.

The evening kicked off with Stevie Wonder, seated at a keyboard, saying, "We've come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes".

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Beyonce - who was born in Houston, one of the areas hit hard by Harvey - pleaded with people to stick together in the wake of the horrific events.

Other presenting pairs included Oprah Winfrey and Cher, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Robert De Niro and Jon Stewart, and Sofia Vergara and Tyler Perry. Everyone just kept answering phones and answering phones and answering phones. "We're compassionate, we're unstoppable when we unite, when we join together hand in hand". "That's a gift." "When a tragedy like this happens, and it's a natural disaster, you don't want to feel alone", said actress Marcia Gay Harden. That concert on June 4 raised well over $12 million for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people and left more than 100 others with serious injuries. They don't care if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor.

Oprah Winfrey and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars on-hand to help with the effort, all making a push to help in the aftermath of a bad hurricane season. In addition, George Strait performed "Texas" alongside Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

Hand in Hand streamed live across the States on all major networks including ABC, Bravo, CBS, E!, Fox and NBC.

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