Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Networks set aside hour for hurricane benefit

Networks set aside hour for hurricane benefit

The telethon took place last night 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).

If you didn't get to watch the telethon live, there's a full archive on YouTube, and even the day after, it remains a powerful and unifying event.

During the one-hour show, Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Luis Fonsi, Usher and Blake Shelton performed inspiring songs for viewers at home.

The gathering of all of those A list stars definitely brought in the donations-at the end of the hour-long broadcast, Hand in Hand made 14 million dollars.

Well done, Hollywood. Well done.

NBA star Chris Paul also said the NBA Players Association, which already donated $500,000, would match any NBA player's donation up to $20,000.

Stephen Colbert announced Apple had donated $5 million to the cause and Jimmy Fallon said Albertsons Cos. and Merck had each kicked in $1 million.

Musical performances also included Dave Matthews' rendition of "Lift Up Your Hearts" and a collaboration of "With a Little Help from My Friends" between Darius Rucker, Demi Lovato and Brad Paisley from Nashville.

"As we should begin to love and value our planet and anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent". "They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Jewish or Muslim…Seeing everyone of different social, racial and religious backgrounds…restored my faith in humanity". Hand in Hand will air live on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC on Tuesday, September 12, 8:00-9:00pmEST on the East Coast and replay 8:00-9:00pmPST on the West Coast. They used the setting as a powerful moment to inspire folks to give to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

As a Houston native, Beyoncé was personally touched by Hurricane Harvey.

Funds raised from the telethon will go to several organizations including the Rebuild Texas Fund, which was established by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the OneStar Foundation.

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