He’s a country star from Oklahoma. She’s a Louisiana-born, Nashville-raised actress who once played a country star in a film. But on September 12, Blake Shelton and Reese Witherspoon will come together, along with stars in New York and L.A., to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
TMZ has announced that rapper Bun B, who is originally from Port Arthur, Texas, is behind a national telethon inviting the country to contribute to relief efforts in his home state. The televised event will be fronted in the three cities, and hosted by some of the biggest stars to come out of Texas. Actor and musician Jamie Foxx, originally from Terrell, Texas, has been confirmed as one of the L.A. hosts, and former New York Giants defensive end and Houston native Michael Strahan will be behind the mic in New York.
As a country star, Blake has strong relationships with his friends in Texas. Reese — who played June Carter Cash in the 2005 film “Walk the Line” — opened a new location of her popular Draper James boutique in Dallas last year. Not to mention, they both have hearts as big as Texas.
TMZ reports that the hourlong telethon will be broadcast during prime time on national television and will include a limited number of performances. Details are still being ironed out.
A significant amount of money has already been raised, thanks to the efforts of stars like Chris Young, J.J. Watt and Miley Cyrus, but the need is great and ongoing. Texas is still dealing with the hurricane’s aftermath, including tornadoes and rivers spilling over their banks.