The celebrity highlights from the multi-city hurricane relief benefit

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( On Tuesday, scores of high-profile entertainers joined forces for the telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief.

As the show drew to a close, host Billy Crystal revealed that $14m had been pledged in the hour alone.

During the telethon, CBS' Stephen Colbert announced that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was donating $5 million and NBC's Jimmy Fallon said supermarket giant Albertsons and pharmaceutical giant Merck (NYSE:MRK) each donated $1 million.

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Organized by Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B, there will be more than 2,000 call center volunteers stationed throughout the country taking donations.

Hurricane Harvey caused widespread devastation and flooding throughout Houston, Texas and other nearby areas, while Irma's path ripped through the Caribbean, pounded Florida and made its way through several states.

Other celebrities who either performed, spoke, or answered phones included Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber, Sofía Vergara, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Dennis Quaid, Diddy, Ryan Seacrest, and Justin Timberlake. People can still donate by purchasing official merchandise through the website.

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One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to participating charities assisting in relief efforts.

"That's a gift." "When a tragedy like this happens, and it's a natural disaster, you don't want to feel alone", said actress Marcia Gay Harden. Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen share the stage with the icon, all dressed casually to rehearse the country classic. Actor Craig Robinson told ABC7: "The people calling in were pouring their hearts out on the phone and they were so special and so giving and so gracious".

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Comic Relief USA, the non-profit organization behind Idol Gives Back, will manage collecting the donations and distributing them to organizations helping in the relief efforts, including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Texas Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Greater Houston and more.

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