The “Hand in Hand” Telethon Raised $44 Million Overnight

Tuesday night’s “Hand in Hand” telethon raised $14 million over the hour that it aired . . . but by yesterday morning, the total was a LOT higher . . . $44 million.  And it’s probably higher now, since they’re still accepting donations.

(Call 1-800-258-6000, text GIVE to 80077, or go to

15.7 million people watched the show on the Big Four networks:  ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.  But it was on more than a dozen other cable channels, and streamed online.

Now, $44 million is AWESOME . . . and the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will no doubt be blessed to receive every dollar that gets donated.

But it’s interesting to note that while every celebrity in the universe took part in the telethon, J.J. WATT’s solo effort has raised almost as much.  His fund is up to almost $33 million.  Of course, he’s been at it a lot longer.

Also, J.J. announced yesterday that he’ll stop taking donations tomorrow at 5:00 P.M. Central Time, so they can start putting that money to work.

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