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Justin Bieber, Oprah, Stevie Wonder & More Raise Over $44M For Hurricane Victims

The “Hand in Hand” telethon for hurricane relief on Tuesday night raised more than $44 million in total to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

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The star-studded benefit raised more than $14.5 million during the hour-long televised event. And it drew in more than $44 million in total, according to CBS News.

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Streamed live from phone banks in Los Angeles, New York City and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, actors and singers spoke to callers to take donations that will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Habitat for Humanity, The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation), Save the Children and United Way of Greater Houston.

The telethon’s participants included a illustrious list of talent spanning from music to movies including Beyoncé, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Justin Bieber, Oprah, Will Smith, Barbara Streisand and Oprah Winfrey, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and George Strait, among others.

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Stevie Wonder kicked off the one-hour commercial-free special with a performance of “Lean On Me.” Wonder strongly encouraged people who don’t believe in climate change to open their eyes.

“Anyone who believes there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” he said on Tuesday evening at the “Hand in Hand” telethon for hurricane relief.

“When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences and no political persuasions,” he said. “It just loves.”

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