Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Are Hosting a Telethon for Harvey Relief
The event will air on all major networks next week.
A group of Hollywood celebrities are coming together to raise funds and spirits in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.
The broadcast, “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey” will air on ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and CMT at 8 p.m. ET.
Houston native rapper Bun B partnered with Scooter Braun, founder of the media company SB Projects, to organize the event.
Throughout the night, actors Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Rob Lowe, Adam Sandler, and musician Barbra Streisand will also make live or taped appearances.
Phone lines, text messaging, and digital donations will open at the beginning of the telethon and close one hour after it ends. All proceeds will go to both local and national organizations, including United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.
Since the hurricane made landfall, celebrities have donated millions in relief efforts, and have encouraged others to follow their lead.
Leonardo DiCaprio, a long-standing philanthropist and environmentalist, donated $1 million to the United Way Harvey Recovery last week. The organization expects Houston’s recovery efforts could last for years, according to Variety.
Houston-native Beyoncé has already pledged to do her part in helping southeast Texas recover from the Category 1 hurricane that displaced thousands and caused millions in damages.
Her charity, BeyGOOD, has begun to work with local Houston pastor Rudy Rasmus in an effort to help as many as they can, according to a statement released in the Houston Chronicle.
“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston,” Beyoncé said last week. “And I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.”
As the tragedy continues to unfold, scientists and researchers have indicated climate change could be a factor behind more destructive storms.
Rain storms in Texas are “becoming more intense, and floods are becoming more severe,” the US Environmental Protection Agency’s noted on its website. The agency added that “in the coming decades, storms are likely to become more severe.”
As sea levels rise, shores retreat and storms intensify, the UN’s Global Goal 13 for combating climate change has never been more important. Global Citizen campaigns for a healthy, sustainable planet. You can take action here.