Last night, Hollywood’s biggest stars came together for a live, hour-long charity event called “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” and raised $14 million for victims during its air time, as well as an additional $30 million in the hours that followed. Whoa.
The telethon was in honor of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, back-to-back category-four storms that swept through Texas and Florida over the past two weeks (not to mention the flooding that followed). To get the charitable word out as much as possible, the benefit was broadcast across 15 networks and 150 radio stations, and live-streamed on social media.
Performances included an Usher and Blake Shelton duet of “Stand by Me,” a Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi duet of “Hallelujah” and Steve Wonder’s rendition of “Lean on Me.” And viewers who donated were personally thanked by the likes of George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis. Other celeb appearances included Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Sofia Vergara.
Proceeds from the fund-raising efforts will go to a number of charities, including the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way.
As of this morning, “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” raised a total of $44 million.
Well done, Hollywood. Well done.