Star-studded hurricane benefit raises $14 Million

Celebrities raised more than $14 million during Tuesday’s Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. The one-hour commercial-free special featured opening remarks from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx, as well as a performance of “Lean On Me” by Stevie Wonder and a choir.

Streamed live from phone banks in New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville, actors and singers spoke to callers to take donations that will benefit several organizations, including the Rebuild Texas Fund and Habitat for Humanity. (The death toll of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma stands at approximately 85 thus far in Florida and Texas, according to the New York Times.) Stars that appeared included Beyonce, Oprah, George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, and Blake Shelton. In addition, Justin Bieber led a group in prayer. Billy Crystal closed the telethon by declaring, “This is what America is all about… a gathering of people from all across the country.”