Several Christian artists joined a wide range of actors and music artists to support hurricane victims in a Tuesday night TV special. The event was a big success, raising $44 million to help those victims.
Justin Bieber, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Tyler Perry, CeCe Winans, Amy Grant and Pastor John Gray were among the dozens of participants.
Reporter Efrem Graham anchors CBN News' Studio 5 Christian entertainment show and says comedian Kevin Hart helped to rally celebrities around the cause.
"This is significant," he said. "It's inspiring to see so many Christian artists and other celebrities working together to support hurricane victims."
The Los Angeles Times reports that Hart donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey victims right after the disaster in Texas.
During the Hand in Hand telethon Bieber tweeted out his phone number, asking people to call him.
1 (800) 258-6000#HandInHand
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 12, 2017
The event aired at 8 p.m. from New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The proceeds will benefit a variety of charities including Habitat for Humanity and United Way.
Selena Gomez also joined in the effort.
— Hand In Hand (@handinhandfund) September 11, 2017
Billboard magazine credits manager Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B with organizing the effort.
Braun is no stranger to creating and developing such events. After the bombing in Manchester, England outside the Ariana Grande concert, he raised $13 million for the British Red Cross with an all-star concert.