Star-studded 'Hand in Hand: Benefit for Hurricane Relief' telethon airs tonight

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Volunteers from wireless and landline call centers nationwide, including one in Newport News, will be taking donor calls during the "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" telethon.

George Strait will do a live performance at the end of the show from San Antonio, Texas at the Majestic Theatre which he announced August 28. The Telethon will be broadcast across the nation on Facebook live this evening.

They join a lengthy list of celebrities that had already been announced, such as Beyoncé, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Jamie Foxx. Norah O'Donnell of CBS This Morning will also participate.

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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and three more entertainers with country music connections have been added to he massive Hand in Hand benefit concert benefiting hurricane victims. No fewer than seven charities will benefit from funds received, including the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding Texas and Comic Relief USA. A live performance from Strait's benefit is expected to be shown during the telethon. Phone and text lines will be announced at the beginning of the broadcast, available on at 8PM ET, and then again at 8PM PT, on CMT, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

"The telethon is going to be good", Braun said. "Through the proceeds raised, we will rebuild the Lone Star State and make it greater than ever before". "That's our goal - to bring the idea that people care about each other back".