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Dave Matthews and More Added to All-Star Hurricane Relief Telethon

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'Hand in Hand' Harvey telethon photos from Times Square

Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida are estimated to have caused between $150 and $200 billion in damage, but now some of the biggest stars in America are coming together for a telethon - "Hand in Hand" - to help do something about it. Spreading love and positivity, Knowles ends with "Natural disasters don't discriminate ..."

All those in attendance at the event, which took place across New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, also manned the phones, taking donations from millions watching across the United States. "So tonight we come together in a collective effort to raise our voices, to help our communities, to life our spirits, and heal". Additionally, the NBA Players Association donated $500,000 and offered to match any player's donation up to $20,000.

"Hand in Hand" will simulcast live on ABC, BET, Bravo, CBS, CMT, E, Fox, HBO, iHeartMedia, MTV, NBC, Oxygen, SiriusXM, Univision and Westwood One, along with AOL, Apple Music, Beats 1, Facebook, HuffPost, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube at 7 p.m. Oklahoma time.

The hourlong special presented live and taped tributes and messages from more stars, including Beyoncé, Cher, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Tim McGraw, Julia Roberts, Blake Shelton, Michael Strahan and more.

The hour-long "Hand in Hand" telethon, which aired across broadcast, cable and digital platforms on Tuesday night, raised more than US$14 million (NZ$19 million) during the live broadcast. Later in the evening, Brad Paisley, Darius Rocker, Demi Lovato and CeCe Winans collaborated on "With A Little Help From My Friends" (the Joe Cocker version).

Funds raised during the telethon will go to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, the Rebuild Texas Fund, and the ASPCA.

A number of big names worked the phone banks at the event, the brainchild of rapper Bun B and Justin's manager Scooter Braun, and many took to social media to talk about the telethon.

"We don't want you guys to just watch, we want you guys to be a part of this and donate, whatever you can, it doesn't have to be much - just whatever you can possibly give", he said.

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