Last night, dozens of famous actors, athletes, musicians and models joined together to raise funds for Hand in Hand, a benefit for hurricane relief. The hour-long telethon was broadcast live from Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. It aired on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and multiple cable networks, and was live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The list of celebrities answering phones included everyone from Cher to Oprah to Nicki Minaj—and viewers responded. Variety reports that during the hour-long event, more than $14.5 million was raised to help victims of the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and people have continued to donate. So far, Hand in Hand has raised more than $44 million.
This past weekend, Beyoncé was on the ground in Houston—her hometown—handing out food to victims of Hurricane Harvey. She recorded a video for the Hand in Hand telethon in which she said, “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. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.”
A teary-eyed Selena Gomez also made a video for the fundraiser, and she shared a clip from it on her Instagram.
Demi Lovato sang a duet with Cece Winans, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley.
Bruce Willis, Nicki Minaj, John Stewart, Jourdan Dunn, Questlove, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and many others were there to man the phones.
Kerry Washington, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Banks and Meghan Trainor posed together:
So did Gwen Stefani and Julia Roberts. Is it possible celebrities get just as excited about meeting other celebrities as normal people do?
Sofia Vergara posted a pic of herself answering calls in the front row, next to Justin Bieber, Oprah, Julia Roberts and George Clooney.
Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, and Nicki Minaj urged viewers to call and donate. You can still make a donation by phone or through the Hand in Hand website, which is also selling T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats to raise money.
Jamie Foxx was also on hand to answer phones during the event, and this morning on Instagram, he posted an announcement that the new eyewear company, Privé Revaux, will be delivering $2.6 million of new clothing and essentials to people in need by partnering with organizations in Houston and Southern Florida. The letter is co-signed by the company’s partners, which include Foxx, Hailey Steinfeld, Jeremy Piven, and Ashley Benson.
This is a letter that myself and my partners wrote today September 13, 2017 To Our Fellow Brothers and Sisters Impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma: As the news and images of the hurricanes that devastated your communities continue to reach us, we at Privé Revaux are determined to make a difference. All of us have in one way or another been impacted by Mother Nature at some point in time and to not stand side by side with you at this time, is not an option for us. Our company was founded on the premise that luxury items can and should be affordable for everyone, as our tagline boldly proclaims "everyone can be anyone". With that belief comes the conviction that in times of need, it is our duty and responsibility to step up in a major way to ensure essentials are available to everyone. Over the next few weeks, we, the partners of Privé Revaux, will be delivering $2.6m dollars of clothing (over 25,000 brand new high quality items) and essentials to those in need through the JJ Watt Foundation in Houston and through various partnering organizations in Southern Florida. All clothing will be brand new and of the highest quality. We are proud that we’ve been able to provide one of the single largest private donations to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We will be posting more information on where those in need can inquire to procure items at PriveRevaux.com/HarveyandIrmaRelief As a company only 90 days old, we know that a strong showing from us would undoubtedly inspire other more established companies to also lend a hand. We challenge all who are in a position of ‘have’ to stand with us proudly and publicly and give to those who today are in a position of 'need’, for "There, but for the grace of God, go I." We love you. -Jamie Foxx, Hailee Steinfeld, Jeremy Piven, Ashley Benson, Dave Osokow, Rob Zangardi, Mariel Haenn and David Schottenstein
While it’s inspiring to see so many celebrities working together, some particpants pointed out that focusing on hurricane relief isn’t enough. Stevie Wonder kicked off last night’s telethon with a performance of “Lean on Me.” He also told viewers, “As we begin to love and value our planet… anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.”