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Hurricane Telethon Raises $14.5 Million In One Hour

The Hand In Hand telethon fundraiser for hurricane relief on Tuesday raised over $14.5 million in just one hour.

The benefit telethon, organized by Comic Relief, ran on all the major broadcast networks live from Los Angeles, New York City and Nashville starting at 8 p.m. and raised more than $14.5 million by 9 p.m., according to CBS News. (RELATED: Hurricane Telethon Gets Political Right From The Start)

The Hand In Hand telethon included appearances from a long list of celebrities who also took calls from donors. Stevie Wonder started the event off with a political message before delivering a rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.” Oprah Winfree, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Dennis Quaid, Adam Sandler, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncê, Drake, Bryan Cranston and many others participated in the fundraiser.

Country music legend and Texas native George Strait wrapped up the event with a live performance from his own benefit concert in San Antonio, Texas.

You can make your own donation to the Hand In Hand hurricane relief effort by visiting the telethon’s website.