Gov. Greg Abbott, George Strait Prep for Hurricane Harvey Relief Show

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2017

George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Kelly Rowland, George Strait, Reese Witherspoon and others will participate with taped or live messages.


A one-hour hurricane relief benefit originally meant to help Texas victims of Harvey but expanded to help people affected by Irma, is set to air across more than a dozen television networks on Tuesday. Livestreamed versions of the broadcast will also be available via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Huffington Post and AOL starting at 8 p.m. EST.


The Hand in Hand broadcast will be produced by SB Projects and Den of Thieves with Scooter Braun, Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, Allison Kaye, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serving as Executive Producers. Eastern on September 12, and on tape delay at 8 p.m. on the West Coast. "It just kind of came to me one morning, looking at the television, seeing what people are going through and wanting to try to put as big an effort as possible together", he tells EW. The ABC networks held a "day of giving" that has raised more than $15 million, and singers Paul Simon and Edie Brickell pledged $1 million.


George Strait will also appear live for a televised performance at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. In addition to ensuring the donations can be accepted and processed through their call centers, viewers can also have the option to make a $25 donation to the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund by simply texting "GIVE" to 80077 on their mobile phones. "The telethon is going to be good", Braun said. The next step was getting in touch with people "who could get the most eyes and ears on what we were trying to get done".

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