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Beyonce, Clooney, Streisand and Oprah to headline Harvey telethon
September 5, 2017 / 2:56 PM / 14 days ago

Beyonce, Clooney, Streisand and Oprah to headline Harvey telethon

LOS ANGELES, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Singer Beyonce and actor George Clooney will topline an array of celebrities coming together to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced more than 1 million people in Texas.

The “Hand in Hand” benefit will air live on Sept. 12 from Los Angeles, New York and Nashville on major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC as well as cable music channel CMT and digital platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The broadcast will include musical performances, taped messages and live appearances from a host of celebrities including media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actors Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Julia Roberts, and singers Barbra Streisand, Blake Shelton and George Strait.

The telethon will benefit a handful of charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and Feeding Texas.

Harvey, which came ashore on Aug. 25 and became the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, has killed more than 60 people, displaced more than 1 million others and damaged some 203,000 homes in a path of destruction stretching for more than 300 miles (480 km). It has caused damaged estimated as high as $180 billion. (Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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