Solange Announces Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concerts, Rita Ora, Leonardo DiCaprio & Miley Cyrus Pitch In

Houston Texans player J.J Watts' effort has nearly reached its $10 million goal.

The outpouring of support from artists offering their time, effort and open pocketbooks continues to unfold as the shocking devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey becomes more apparent. Nearly a week after the storm made first landfall in Southeast Texas the region is struggling to fight back the historic rainfall and flooding that has forced tens of thousands out of their homes and killed at least 38 at press time.

The latest acts to step up include Solange, who announced that her Orion's Rise performance at Boston's Orpheum Theater on Sept. 28 will donate all proceeds to Harvey relief. In a statement, the singer wrote, "I’m committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love. See you September 28th Boston, I thank you in advance for making this a special meaningful night!" 

A short time later she announced that after quick sell-outs for Orion's shows at Radio City Music Hall (Oct. 2) and the Kennedy Center in New York (Oct. 1) and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California (Oct. 20), she has added a second Radio City show on Oct. 3 to honor her hometown neighborhood in Houston's Third Ward by donating $3 from every ticket to Harvey relief. Solange joins older sister Beyonc√©, who has pledged to help "as many as we can" by working with her team at the BeyGOOD organization as her pastor Rudy Rasmus to help those affected.

After the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund pledged to distribute 100 percent of donations to recovery efforts, actor Leonardo DiCaprio made the inaugural donation to the newly established fund from his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation: $1 million. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher said in a statement. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us — and that’s what this gift represents.”

Actress Sandra Bullock has also offered $1 million toward relief and recovery efforts, while Kim Kardashian and her family have donated $500,000 to the Red Cross and Houston Texans defensive end has  collected more than $8.5 million of a $10 million goal thanks to a $1 million check from Walmart presented to him by Ellen DeGeneres.

Miley Cyrus announced on Wednesday (Aug. 30) that her Happy Hippie Foundation has begun accepting donations for Harvey relief. The singer appeared on Ellen to announce she was donating $500,000 to the efforts, breaking into tears while talking about the thought of those who've lost everything in the disaster.

Drake, Fall Out Boy and country star Chris Young have also pledged support, while comedian Kevin Hart offered $50,000 and launched a challenge campaign in which he asked Beyonce, Jay-ZT.I.NellyUsherChris Brown and other celebrities to do their bit for Houston’s recovery efforts; Hart announced on Wednesday that his campaign had crossed the $1 million mark. On Wednesday (Aug. 30), Rita Ora announced on Twitter that she was looking for a shelter for Houston evacuees in Dallas to volunteer at before she left the state. 

The Red Cross has provided a list of flood safety tips, and those who wish to help can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text he word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Other organizations supporting those affected include AmeriCaresCatholic Charities, the Salvation Army and AABB.

 

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