Eleven charities, 15 channels, and $44 million raised by 131 celebrities.
These are some of the stats from last night’s 'Hand in Hand' telethon that raised money for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Featuring celebrities from across the country and around the world, including Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, George Clooney, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Demi Lovato, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lupita Nyong’o, Stevie Wonder, and more, the telethon raised $14 million during the one-hour televised special Tuesday night, and another $30 million afterward, according to Variety.
Celebrities answered calls, performed musical sets, and gave powerful speeches.
Stevie Wonder led off the show with a rendition of “Stand By Me.” Latin star Luis Fonsi collaborated with Tori Kelly on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” And Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, and CeCe Winans took on the Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
"We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes," Wonder said. "When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves."
During the show, stars also announced big time donations, including a donation of $5 million from Apple, announced by Stephen Colbert; $1 million each from Albertsons Cos. and Merck, announced by Jimmy Fallon; and $500,000 by the NBA players association, announced by recent Houston Rockets signee Chris Paul.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma wracked large swaths of the Caribbean and the US South over the past several weeks, causing millions in damages and displacing thousands. An estimated 6 million Floridians remain without power.
Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including goal 13 — climate action. While global warming does not cause natural disasters like hurricanes, it can exacerbate their aftereffects, causing higher storm surges, more displacements, and longer, more expensive recoveries.
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Text "GIVE" to 80077. #HandInHand— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 13, 2017
CHIME FOR CHANGE is a global campaign founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. The campaign uses innovative approaches to promote gender equality. Co-founded by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Salma Hayek Pinault, CHIME FOR CHANGE works with a coalition of partner organizations, including the Kering Foundation, Facebook, and Hearst Magazines.