Networks, Celebrities Team Up For Hurricane Relief

Networks, Celebrities Team Up For Hurricane Relief

Stars participating including are a who's who of famous faces, also including Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Tom Hanks, Dwayne Johnson, and Tyler Perry. Actor Wilmer Valderrama said of his profession: "We are that secondary army that's deployed to just do something that very few can achieve and I think that that's a blessing".

The telethon was broadcast on four networks, and featured celebrities, including Justin Timberlake and Drake, speaking of the importance of helping each other and advocating for unity.

Originally planned as a benefit to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey, which left a vast swath of flooding and devastation in its wake, especially in the Houston area, the telethon's scope was expanded after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. They used the setting as a powerful moment to inspire folks to give to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Billy Crystal, who gave the initial $14.5 million tally at the show's end, said phone lines would be kept open, and viewers could also donate online.

Throughout the show, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Uzo Aduba, Nicki Minaj, Jon Stewart, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and many, many more answered phones to take donations from callers.

Image Kevin Mazur  Hand in Hand  Getty Images
Image Kevin Mazur Hand in Hand Getty Images

Funds raised during the telethon will go to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the Rebuild Texas Fund, and the ASPCA.

The show will also be streamed internationally via Facebook and Twitter starting at 8 p.m. ET during the first broadcast.

The benefit aired live from New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and had the kind of star power we can expect to see this Sunday at the Emmys.

Over 2,000 call center volunteers stationed throughout the country will be on hand to take donations tonight.

"When love goes into action it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no sexual preference or political persuasion-it just loves…Anyone who believes there's no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent", the sight-impaired living legend said.

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