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Hand In Hand Telethon Raises More Than $44 Million For Harvey Relief

14 September 2017, 01:31 | Franklin Nunez

Wilmington's Verizon Call Center will participate in national hurricane telethon Tuesday night

Wilmington's Verizon Call Center will participate in national hurricane telethon Tuesday night

A week ago, Bun B announced that he was organizing a telethon for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston, the altruistic rapper recruited several A-list celebrities to join him on his charitable mission.

Gov. Abbott is also expected to participate in the Hand In Hand Telethon, which will be broadcast Tuesday on multiple networks, including ABC at 7 p.m., and on Facebook Live. By about midnight PST, the number was over $44 million.

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. And Merck, which gave $1 million each, said Jimmy Fallon.

The telethon will air from Los Angeles, but there will also be stages in NY and Nashville.

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Stevie Wonder opened the event with "Lean on Me", and a political message, telling viewers, "Anyone who believes there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent". Hurricane Harvey alone caused upwards of $200 billion in financial losses and Hand in Hand organizers are now evaluating the need for funds in communities struck by Hurricane Irma days later. "One morning it just hit me - this is a national disaster", he said. Tonight, we come together in collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal. 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".

Other presenting pairs included Oprah Winfrey and Cher, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Robert De Niro and Jon Stewart, and Sofia Vergara and Tyler Perry.

You can also make a $25 donation by texting the word GIVE to 80077. The proceeds from the benefit will be going directly to relief organizations including: the Rebuild Texas Fund, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the ASPCA (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Others) and more.

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