'Hand In Hand' Telethon Raises $44 Million For Hurricane Relief
|Thurs, September 14, 2017 at 6:04 PM| Share on Facebook
Americans opened their wallets on Tuesday night (Sept. 12), adding donations to the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon to the tune of $44 million at press time, according to ABC News. The one-hour prime-time event, organized by manager Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B and featuring appearances by Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani and George Clooney, was organized to provide aid to residents of Texas and Florida who were impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
During the event, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert announced that Apple would donate $5 million to the cause, with Albertsons Cos. and Merck each offering $1 million each. Houston Rockets star Chris Paul revealed that in addition to his $20,000 donation, the NBA Players Association would be adding $500,000, plus matching any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.
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