Hurricane Harvey, Irma Relief Telethon: How to Watch Star-Studded Event

The "Hand in Hand" telethon raised more than $44 million for those affected by the atrocities of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The biggest names in pop culture attended the event to perform, and raise awareness of the hardships victims of the storms are now enduring. It barreled into the Florida Keys on Sunday, where 90 percent of homes are believed to be destroyed or heavily damaged.

A benefit concert for Harvey victims is in the works.

One big donor was Apple, which donated $5 million, announced Stephen Colbert. It aired from Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City, where celebrities came out by the dozens to take calls and urge support. Computer maker Michael Dell and his wife Susan pledged to match the first $10 million in donations Tuesday.

Bruce Willis also took to NY for the telethon, where he answered calls from across the country alongside stars like Questlove, Julianne Moore and Nicki Minaj.

"This is in recognition of the way that people have worked hand in hand to help people overcome the challenges that Texans have faced", Gov. Abbot said at the press conference. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, HBO, MTV, BET and Univision were among the networks carrying the program, which was also streamed online. Over 2,100 people have donated more than $76,000 via donations through Facebook Live.

According to Variety, $14 million was raised during the telethon itself, and an additional $30 million was donated later in the night.

"We're here to raise money, lift some spirits", said Jamie Foxx, standing with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Donations collected from the telethon will go to supporting the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Florida, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, United Way and the Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to participating charities assisting in relief efforts.

"During the time where it's impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn't possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life", she said in a taped video message.

  • Kyle Peterson