Wednesday, August 30, 2017

J.J. Watt, Kim Kardashian Among Celebrities Who Pledge Millions to Harvey Relief

August 30,2017
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a slew of celebrities and groups have pledged millions of dollars in aid, using their power to positively impact the response to the deadly storm. Many of those celebrities also challenged friends and other powerful people to match their large donations. Here's a list of notable celebrities and organizations to pledge sizable donations to Harvey victims.
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans defensive end: Watt challenged his fans to donate $1 million, but exceeded the $5 million mark on Wednesday. He has now set a goal of $6 million raised. $1 million of that donation came from Amy Adams Strunk, the owner of the Tennessee Titans.
Sandra Bullock: The actress donated $1 million to the American Red Cross relief efforts.

The Kardashians: Kim and her siblings have pledged $500,000 – $250,000 to the Red Cross and $250,000 to the Salvation Army.
(MORE: How You Can Help the Victims of Harvey)
Dikembe Mutombo: The former Houston Rockets center announced Wednesday that he is donating $50,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Houston Texans: The franchise has pledged an additional $1 million, in addition to whatever Watt raises.
Chris Young: The country singer said he will give $100,000.
Kevin Hart: The comedian pledged $25,000 and urged fellow celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and The Rock to match or exceed his donation.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels center fielder: Trout said he will donate $27,000 (to match No. 27 on his jersey) and challenged other players to donate.
Lady Gaga: The famous singer has pledged an unspecified amount.
Drake: The performance artist said he will help "in any way we can and in the most immediate way possible."
Tampa Bay Rays: A Tuesday-through-Thursday series between the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers will instead be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Rays announced all revenues from those games will be donated to Harvey relief efforts.
Jay Bruce, Cleveland Indians outfielder: Bruce, a Texas native, has pledged to match donations up to $100,000 to help victims. Donations can be made through Cleveland Indians Charities until Sept. 10.

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