Hand in Hand telethon raises some-more than $44 million for whirly survivors

A-list celebrities came out in droves on Monday night to take partial in a Hand in Hand whirly service benefit, that lifted some-more than $44 million for a victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

During a telethon, Stephen Colbert announced that Apple was donating $5 million and Jimmy Fallon combined that Albertsons Cos. and Merck any gave $1 million.

NBA star Chris Paul also pronounced that a NBA Players Association, that donated $500,000, would compare any veteran basketball player’s concession adult to $20,000.

“We come together currently to adore on people that have been ravaged by a hurricanes,” Stevie Wonder, who sang “Lean on Me,” pronounced during a start of a telethon. “When adore goes into action, it preferences no tone of skin, no ethnicity, no eremite beliefs, no passionate preferences, and no domestic persuasions. It only loves.”

PHOTO: Justin Timberlake attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief during Universal Studios AMC on Sept. 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif.Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images
Justin Timberlake attends Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief during Universal Studios AMC on Sept. 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif.

Throughout a hour-long benefit, that was promote on 4 networks, including ABC, celebrities stressed a significance of unity. However, a stream gracious meridian was referenced during several points. In video addresses, Drake certified that that news cycle recently has been “extremely overwhelming,” while Beyonce remarkable that, “it’s unfit to watch a news though saying assault or injustice in this country.”

“Just when we consider it couldn’t presumably get worse, healthy disasters take take changed life, do large damage, and perpetually change lives, withdrawal behind infested water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and large families are now homeless,” she continued. “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, rich or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”

PHOTO: Oprah Winfrey and Cher attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief during Universal Studios AMC on Sept. 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif.Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images
Oprah Winfrey and Cher attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief during Universal Studios AMC on Sept. 12, 2017 in Universal City, Calif.

Beyonce, a Houston native, also overwhelmed on climate change, indicating out other healthy disasters that have taken place around a universe in a past few weeks, including flooding in India and an trembler in Mexico. Wonder also discussed a issue, and had oppressive difference for meridian change deniers.

“Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as tellurian warming contingency be blind or unintelligent,” he said.

The telethon was also punctuated by stars including Kerry Washington, Sean “Diddy” Combs; Oprah Winfrey and Cher; and Justin Timberlake revelation stories of those who were directly impacted by a hurricanes, as good as performances in locations around a country. In Nashville, Usher and Blake Shelton sang “Stand By Me,” while George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett sang “Texas” and “I Believe” from San Antonio. Other performances enclosed Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly singing “Hallelujah,” Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, Cece Winans behaving “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and Dave Matthews singing “Mercy.”

“This is what we can give people with a donations tonight. We can’t move behind what they lost, though we can assistance them know where to take a subsequent step and yield some plain balance for them to place their subsequent foot. A trail to stability. To a place where they can rebuild,” Matthew McConaughey told viewers. “This is what they need and this is what we can give them.”

Also responding phones during a telethon: Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, among others. Billy Crystal sealed a telethon thanking everybody during all a call centers, and reminding people that a phone lines and concession centers will be open all night. He concluded, “This is what America is unequivocally all about.”

Comic Relief USA, a nonprofit behind Idol Gives Back, will conduct a donations and discharge them to organizations including a Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Greater Houston.

Originally, a Hand in Hand telethon was meant to advantage a victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. It was after stretched to embody those influenced by Irma, that strike a southeast this weekend. It has been estimated that a storms caused between $150 billion and $290 billion in repairs to Texas and Florida.

At slightest 70 people died during Hurricane Harvey, and 22 deaths have been reported in a U.S. from Hurricane Irma.

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