“Hand In Hand” Telethon Raises $44 Million for Hurricane Victims

A whole bunch of celebrities went on television Monday to raise money for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Overall, more than $44 million was raised.

Apple donated $5 million. Albertsons Cos. and Merck each donated $1 million. The NBA Players Association donated half a million dollars and announced it would match any NBA player’s donation up to $20,000.

The telethon was broadcast on four different networks.

Though the broadcast was non-political, numerous celebrities touched on our current political climate.

Beyoncé noted,

“It’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country…Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and countless families are now homeless. Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”

Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder both mentioned climate change in their statements.

Other celebrity participants included Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Julia Roberts, Kerry Washington, Sean “Diddy” Combs, George Clooney, Sofia Vergara, Julianne Moore, and Billy Crystal.

At least 70 people were killed in Hurricane Harvey and 22 in Hurricane Irma.

[Via ABC News)

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