Next week’s Los Angeles-based telethon that was originally planned to benefit recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in Texas is being expanded to provide financial support for anticipated victims of Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida.

“Due to the impending possibility of Hurricane Irma, the Hand in Hand Hurricane Benefit has now made arrangements and is prepared to expand its beneficiaries from the Sept. 12 telethon to also include those who may be affected by Hurricane Irma in addition to those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” according to the event’s website. “We are prepared to help in any way we can.”

Tuesday’s telethon will include celebrity appearances and musical performances from three stages — one on the Universal Studios lot, one in New York’s Times Square and the third at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. County music superstar George Strait will perform from San Antonio.

The Hand in Hand telethon will air on all four major broadcast networks, along with the CMT cable network and on social media platforms.

The telethon — organized by Houston rapper Bun B and concert promoter Scooter Braun — is scheduled for 5 p.m. California time, but it will be tape- delayed for broadcast at 8 p.m. on the West Coast.

Among the celebrities scheduled to take part in the event are George Clooney, Justin Bieber, Robert De Niro, Drake, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Blake Shelton.

According to organizers, the telethon will benefit United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Feeding Texas, Direct Relief and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Information on the event is available online at

–City News Service

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