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Hand in Hand Hurricane Harvey Benefit - Celebrity Lineup Revealed

Hand in Hand Hurricane Harvey Benefit - Celebrity Lineup Revealed

Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief was scheduled after Harvey hit the Houston area and before Irma struck Florida.

It opened with Stevie Wonder performing Lean on Me and featured stars recounting some of the more heartbreaking and heartwarming episodes from the storms. Celebrities in the acting and music industry answered the phone calls and jotted down the pledges for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The one hour programme was broadcast live from LA, New York and Nashville, and raising funds for those affected by the hurricane. Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, and Oprah Winfrey were among those on the phone lines. In addition, George Strait performed "Texas" alongside Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen.

During the show, Stephen Colbert said Apple Inc had donated $5 million, which the comedian quipped, "is also the price of the new iPhone". Houston rap artist Bun B and Scooter Braun, a Hollywood talent manager and founder of SB Projects, are the organizers. "Sometimes, it's hard to know how to help, so this was easy", he said, adding that he hoped to offer encouragement and thanks to those who called in to the event to donate. "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.

Those manning the phones in Los Angeles included Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sofia Vergara, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Bieber, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto, Cher, Jeremy Renner, DJ Khaled, and Gwen Stefani, among many others, while in NY, people got to chat to Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Lupita Nyong'o, Steve Buscemi, and Richard Gere as they called in to donate. The next step was getting in touch with people "who could get the most eyes and ears on what we were trying to get done". Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and United Way of Greater Houston. That includes ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, BET, Bravo, E!, HBO, MTV, Oxygen, Univision and CMT.


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