Star-studded telethon raises more than $44M for hurricane relief

Celebrities including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake and more answered phone calls and performed during "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" to help people affected by Harvey and Irma.
3:48 | 09/13/17

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Oh, we are still happy and smiling from last night's hand in hand telethon. Raised more than $44 million to help those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. So many stars packed our times square studio to help and Michael and I got to be right there with them lending a hand and Linzie Janis, you were here too. I was here too. Incredible, 44 million. What an awesome, awesome number. You had dozens of Hollywood superstars coming together across the country last night for this hand in hand telethon. It was such a moving event filled with stories from storm victim, musical tributes and so many of you from home calling in to donate. ??? Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song ??? ??? and I'll try not to sing out of key ??? Reporter: It's the kind of star power you usually see at the oscars. From Justin Timberlake. Millions of people are in need. Reporter: To Julia Roberts and Matthew mcconaughey. Do not give up hope. Reporter: Dozens of celebrities joining forces in four different cities for the hand in hand telethon to raise money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many of them sharing heartbreaking stories from the storm zone. A boat filled with rescuers saw Jordan's pink knapsack bobbing in the water. When they pulled her out, Jordan was shivering, traumatized and missing her momma. We'll say a quick prayer. Reporter: A prayer from Justin Bieber. We know you will guide us through the storms. Reporter: Leonardo Dicaprio, George Clooney and Julianne Moore working the phones. When you answer the phone tonight what are you going to say. Thank you. Say thank you, thank you for calling. Reporter: For Jamie Foxx hurricane Harvey hit especially close to home. Did you raise your hand right away for this. Oh, I'm from Texas, I'm from Terrell, Texas. A lot of, you know, people, friends of mine in Houston. Reporter: Houston native Beyonce gave this emotional plea urging people to donate. We come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to lift our spirits and heal. Reporter: Some familiar friends also uniting for the cause. ??? Lean on me ??? Reporter: Stevie wonder opened the show with a powerful message. Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind. ??? So we got to get together ??? Reporter: More musical tributes from Dave Matthews, usher and Blake Shelton. ??? Stand by me stand by me ??? Reporter: And a moving rendition of "Hallelujah" by tori Kelly and Luis fonsi. ??? Hallelujah ??? Reporter: Thousands of Americans calling in to donate. Proving hurricanes Harvey and Irma are no match for the open hearts and hands across the country. So $44 million and counting and it's not too late. You can still donate. Guys early estimates of the damage from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, about $200 billion. Which is not on par with the damage caused by Katrina so every little bit counts. Did you have a favorite moment last night? Was there something that really resonated, moved you? I loved that performance by tori Kelly and Luis fonsi of "Despacito." The musical performances were just, man, the way they celebritied the songs, seeing everybody and I'm telling you, guys, no ego, no diva, everybody was here, we also need to say the real stars of the night, people who donated. Yes. Those are the a-listers. Those were the ones and heard from a lot of Canadians. A lot of Canadians last night even someone from New Orleans who said I've been through it and we know what it takes and what we want to gimp.

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