Nashville to be Included in National Telethon to Benefit Hurricane Victims

Nashville will be featured in a nationally broadcast telethon Tuesday to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CMT will air the live telethon, which will be based in Los Angeles, with stages in New York and Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Nashville stage will be at the Grand Ole Opry. The Universal Studios lot and Times Square will be the settings for the Los Angeles and New York portions.

The hour-long telethon will start at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. The event will also be streamed internationally on Facebook and Twitter.

Called “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” the telethon will feature appearances from Blake Shelton, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Dennis Quaid and many others. There will be a live performance finale from Texas with George Strait and special guests.

Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in more than a decade. Though weakening to a tropical storm, Harvey caused massive flooding in Houston and other areas and is blamed for at least 60 deaths.

According to the event website, the telethon is prepared to expand its beneficiaries to include those who may be affected by Hurricane Irma, which is headed toward Florida.

Phone lines, text messaging and digital downloads will be open at the start of the show and will conclude an hour after the show ends.

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