Hurricane relief telethon to feature George Strait, Beyonce

Here's What Big Companies are Giving for Hurricane Irma Relief

The event will also be streamed internationally on Facebook and Twitter. Bun B, a Houstonian and lecturer at Rice University, said he was trying to organize a local event through his contacts and recognized that Harvey was a broader tragedy. He enlisted the help of Braun, who has worked with Usher, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and others, to tap into his Hollywood contacts.

"As one of the largest communications providers in the world, Verizon is in a unique position with both the people and network that make all the difference in the recovery and rebuilding efforts", said John Stratton, executive vice president and president of Global Operations at Verizon. They include Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Fallon, Kerry Washington, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey,Reese Witherspoon, Jeremy Renner, Robin Roberts, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Sandler, Kate Hudson, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and more. More celebrities are expected. 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.

With Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma hitting the United States back-to-back, celebrities and prominent figures have come together to bring America a benefit titled Hand in Hand.

George Strait will also appear live for a televised performance at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. SiriusXM will be carrying the audio ofHand inHandallowing subscribers to tune in on their TODAY Show Radio (ch. 108), The Foxxhole (ch. 96) and Radio Andy (ch. 102) channels.

We hope you will join us Friday as we show the people affected by these storms how much the Tennessee Valley cares.

Strait has a home in Rockport and said he had not had the opportunity to go to the area, but planned to go soon to see the devastation for himself.

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