Benefit concert, telethon for hurricane victims will air on KCBD NewsChannel 11

Calvin Saunders
September 14, 2017

September 12 was officially designated as "Hand in Hand Day" by Gov. Greg Abbott, hours before the start of the Hand in Hand Telethon to raise money for Hurricane Harvey relief. By the end of the night, the total more than $44 million. It barreled into the Florida Keys on Sunday, where 90 percent of homes are believed to be destroyed or heavily damaged.

The biggest names in American entertainment have taken part in a telethon to raise money for victims of the twin hurricanes which have ravaged the U.S. and Caribbean.

One big donor was Apple, which donated $5 million, announced Stephen Colbert.

The telethon was streamed live from different phone banks strategically located in Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New York, and Los Angeles. During the broadcast those phone lines were answered by such A-listers as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Justin Bieber, Bryan Cranston, Daniel Craig, Julianne Moore, Cher and many more.

Additionally, Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, along with his wife Susan pledged to match the first $10 million in donation on Tuesday. The song, which was also accompanied by a choir, seemed very apt for the advocacy of the telethon.

All donations received by the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund from the public will be distributed to charities working on the ground the affected areas, according to Comic Relief, Inc.

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The telethon to raise money for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey will air on over 17 networks, plus streaming on a number of free websites.

"Do not give up hope, we can not get exhausted of doing good work".

It was a night where television paused, and the country came together.

Though local callers may not be routed here in Mankato, Smith says she hopes those in the community will take part in the nationwide effort.

The United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief will all benefit from the concert.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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