A star-studded fund-raiser Tuesday night raised more than $ 14 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun, the Hand in Hand telethon brought together some of the country’s biggest celebrities to help raise money for people in Texas and Florida.
“We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes. When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity. No religious beliefs. No sexual preferences. And no political persuasions. It just loves,” Stevie Wonder said to open the show before launching into Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
“As we should begin to love and value our planet and anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.”
Stars aid Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims with ‘Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief’
George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Drake, Sean Combs, Kerry Washington, Luke Bryan, Cher, Tom Hanks and dozens more worked the phones, spoke and performed during the hour-long event that was hosted simultaneously in New York, Hollywood and Nashville.
Apple donated $ 5 million during the show, Stephen Colbert announced, while Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $ 1 million, Jimmy Fallon said.
In a video message, Beyoncé pleaded for help.
The fund-raiser collected at least $ 14 million for Harvey and Irma victims.
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“During the time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think you couldn’t possibly get worse, 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 Houston native said.
“In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream. 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.”