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A-list celebrities unite to raise $44 million for Hurricane Victims

By Roodgally Senatus, Social Media News Editor

In the Hand-in-Hand event, streamed over a dozen channels on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EST, a handful of America’s biggest names in Hollywood appeared on live television in four different cities, raising over $44 million towards the hurricane relief effort.

Oprah and Cher appear in telethon for hurricane relief efforts. / Photo: By AP

The Hand-in-Hand initiative is a response to help victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The telethon featured Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Oprah along with special messages and performances by Usher, Blake Shelton, and Tori Kelly.

The star-studded event reportedly raised more than $55 million for charities dedicated to helping the hurricane victims. Some of those charities include Rebuild Texas Fund, United Way, and Feeding Florida.

While the celebrities joined together to answer donor calls during the hour-long benefit, people who are still looking to donate can call 1(800) 258-6000, text GIVE to 80077 or go to the website handinhand2017.com.

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