Benefit for Hurricane Harvey victims raises nearly $15 million

Benefit for Hurricane Harvey victims raises nearly $15 million

By Marvin Schrebe

Hand in Hand, a benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief aired on CBS Tuesday night raising nearly $15 million to aid disaster victims. A host of stars, actors, musicians and more came out to show their support. Among the stars appearing on the show were CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell who was in Houston covering Hurricane Harvey and a host of celebrities such as Reese Whitherspoon, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Beyonce, and Texan George Strait. CBS News reports that proceeds from the concert will be used by charities such as United Ways of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, and The Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund. 

Celebrities used their social influence, tweeting about the televised fundraiser this morning including Lupito N’yongos who tweeted, “We’ve made 14 million dollars so far. Bruce Willis and I say thank you!”

CBS also reported Nicki Minaj tweet, “Just got the word. Over 15 million dollars was raised last night. You guys are AMAZING! Had such a good time speaking to all of you!”

Chef Rachel Ray donated 1 million dollars to aid in animal rescues in Houston. Ray said "Thanks to your support of our Nutrish brands, we are able to donate $1 million today, through The Rachael Ray Foundation, to help support various animal welfare organizations who are actively working in Texas and Louisiana to care for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. $100,000 donations have been made to the SPCA of Texas and Austin Pets Alive!, who are already providing disaster relief to animals in need."

We will continue our commitment to work with national and local organizations to assess needs and provide the additional earmarked funds.

Thank you to all who are donating their time, effort, and money, as goodwill to our neighbors is most important during times like these."

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