Nationwide telethon raises funds for victims of Harvey, Irma

(Courtesy: Hand in Hand)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A massive telethon held Tuesday night raised money for hurricane relief efforts. One of the hubs for the event was the Grand Old Opry House in Nashville.

Artists like Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, and Demi Lovato played on live television and in front of an unsuspecting audience.

People who had bought tickets for the already scheduled Grand Ole Opry show Tuesday night were treated to the telethon performances beforehand.

“We bought tickets for the show and they sent us an email saying there was going to be an extra hour of the show beforehand,” said Susan Van Bebber.

“That’s in addition to the normal show that would already be taking place. So lucky us!” Said her friend Ericka Burgun.

The other two hubs for the Hand in Hand benefit were in Los Angeles and New York City.The broadcast featured appearances, performances, and messages of support by some of the nation’s biggest stars, including Beyonce, Julia Robert, Robert DeNiro and Jimmy Fallon.

The money donated will go to multiple charities, including Habitat for Humanity, the Rebuild Texas Fund, and ASPCA.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to helping people without power, water, or even homes after both hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated regions of the South.

Phone lines will remain open through the night. You can call 1-800-258-6000 to donate using a credit card, or text GIVE to 80077 to give $25.