The entertainment community historically comes together in times of tragedy and natural disaster — and the "Hand in Hand" telethon proves that the numerous hurricanes devastating the coast in 2017 are no exception. Tuesday's benefit will feature multiple stages and a slew of celebrity tributes and messages. Not having a television or cable shouldn't disable you from being able to watch and support. The hurricane telethon will be live-streamed starting at 8 p.m. EST on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter according to an official press release.
The show will additionally be broadcast on ABC, Bravo, CBS, CMT, E!, Fox, HBO, MTV, MTV2, MTV Live, MTV Classic, NBC, and Oxygen. That's so many networks! It will also be rebroadcast four hours later if you somehow miss it, or live on the West Coast and don't want to tune in early.
According to the press release, "proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund) through the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund managed by Comic Relief USA." Comic Relief, of course, is one of the organizations that brings us the annual Red Nose Day benefit.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the event was recently expanded to include Hurricane Irma relief in Florida and the surrounding area as well. That includes, according to the official website, organizations like Feeding Florida, and the local branches of United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, funds will go to the ASPCA and Best Friends in order to rescue and assist any animals affected by the storms.
Expect celebrity appearances from George Clooney, Beyoncé, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Norah O’Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, and Reese Witherspoon.
That celebrity list, while exciting, is not who you could be speaking to if you choose to donate by phone. That list, also per Entertainment Weekly, includes Anthony Anderson, J Balvin, Justin Bieber, Connie Britton, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Terry Crews, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Drake, Hilary Duff, Jourdan Dunn, Jimmy Fallon, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, Joe Jonas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Jay Leno, Zion & Lennox, Jared Leto, Tim McGraw, Tracy Morgan, Gerardo Ortiz, Chris Paul, Tyler Perry, Questlove, Jeremy Renner, Sam Smith, Gwen Stefani, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Chandra Wilson, and Rita Wilson.
The official Hand in Hand 2017 website will provide you with the link to donate and stream the telethon. Donations will be accepted online, by phone, and by text message. In addition to the social media platforms listed in the press release, the website also promises streaming opportunities on The Huffington Post, Yahoo, Apple, and AOL. There are also several links to the organizations that Hand in Hand is supporting on the website. If you are unable to watch live or just want to donate directly, you can!
George Strait, who will be performing the finale from Texas, has his own live stream link on Facebook as well. You basically won't be able to turn on a screen without seeing the benefit Tuesday night and all of the celebrity moments. It could not be easier to watch online or on television, which is good, because it will reach a large audience that way. "A Concert For Hurricane Relief," which raised money for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans back in 2005 generated over 50 million dollars. Let's see if we can't top that in 2017 and get these affected areas the help they need.