Hand in Hand: Stars unite for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief

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The King of Country, George Strait, will hold a media briefing Tuesday afternoon at the Majestic Theater prior to performing tonight at "Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief". By the following afternoon that number climbed to north of $44 million in contributions.

The telecast was conceived as a response to Hurricane Harvey's destruction, though funds will also assist survivors of Hurricane Irma when the need is evaluated.

Stephen Colbert announced that Apple was donating $5 million and Jimmy Fallon said that Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $1 million.

All those in attendance at the event, which took place across New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, also manned the phones, taking donations from millions watching across the United States.

Houston native rapper Bun B has teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The multi-network broadcast included music stars like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled and more.

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"Just when you think it couldn't possibly get worse", she said, "natural disasters 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".

The hour-long event began when the legendary Stevie Wonder encouraged working together regardless of race, religion, political affiliation or sexual preference to help those devastated by the storms.

A star-studded list of actors, musicians, athletes, TV personalities and other celebrities will make appearances on the "Hand in Hand" telethon for hurricane relief.

"It's nationwide routing but you know that we're participating right here in the community to give back to those who have been impacted", Smith says. Dave Matthews picked his guitar from a studio above Times Square, and Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato and Cece Winans sang the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends". You can also donate to the Hand in Hand telethon online here.

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