Matthew McConaughey placed on a heck of a present Sunday evening for We’re Texas, a livestreamed benefit to boost funds for Texans affected by February’s winter storms.
“Tonight is about serving to folks get again on their toes after they’ve gotten knocked down,” McConaughey stated. “It’s about lending a serving to hand to individuals who aren’t simply searching for a handout. It is about serving individuals who wish to serve themselves however are having a tough time doing it proper now. It’s about reviving our spirit, not solely in Texas, however in all of us.”
Graced by a gargantuan Texas flag hanging within the background, McConaughey hosted two hours price of testimonies and musical performances from Texans and Texas transplants alike. Between acts, McConaughey provided phrases of recommendation, spoke to the resilience of Texans and known as on viewers to present again — they usually listened. Via his and spouse Camila’s Just Keep Living Foundation, the We’re Texas occasion raised greater than $132,000 by the top of the evening from viewer donations and much more from sponsors and particular visitors. Individuals can nonetheless give; see the inspiration’s web site for particulars.
Listed here are 5 belongings you missed from Sunday evening’s We’re Texas digital profit.
1. Tenting World shocks McConaughey with $500K donation.
Roughly midway by way of the present, Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Tenting World, hopped on a video name with McConaughey. He had heard concerning the profit and his work by way of the JKL Basis, and Lemonis needed to pitch in … with $500,000. McConaughey repeated the quantity in astonishment.
“I would prefer to contribute $500,000 to JKL as a result of I belief what JKL is doing to distribute the cash, however I’ve a caveat,” Lemonis stated. “I higher see different companies and different people calling up, logging on, clicking on YouTube.”
After saying the donation and asking others to present, Lemonis set a definitive aim.
“It is not simply my $500,000,” Lemonis stated. “We higher get to $20 million.”
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2. Don Henley performed a snow shovel as a guitar, Kirk Franklin danced the Milly Rock and Put up Malone confirmed off his nation music facet.
McConaughey introduced in 17 musicians for We’re Texas, and every of them introduced their very own soul and magnificence to their streamed performances.
Within the spirit of the winter storms reduction profit, Don Henley and his entourage donned ear-flap hats and beanies for his or her efficiency of Jesse Winchester’s tune “Snow.” As they sang about not having the right gear for winter climate, Henley held a shovel like a guitar, and the remainder of the group performed actual devices in a blue-lit room.
Kirk Franklin gave a spirited efficiency of “I Smile” and closed out the efficiency with uplifting phrases and a skillful Milly Rock.
“Higher days are coming,” Franklin stated. “I would like you to maintain smiling.”
Different performances got here from Los Lonely Boys, Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert; Kelly Clarkson, Randy Rogers and Parker McCollum; Lukas Nelson, George Strait and Leon Bridges; Clint Black, Lyle Lovett, Khalid and Gary Clark Jr.
Kacey Musgraves gave viewers a double dose of Willie Nelson with a canopy of “On the Street Once more.” Equally, Put up Malone switched out his ordinary rap music to cowl some nation tunes. Sipping beer and smoking a cigarette, he sang “I am Gonna Miss Her” because the final musical act, and he closed out the present credit with “Put on the Crown.”
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3. Winter storms survivors shared tales of resilience and McConaughey awarded reduction funds onscreen.
To remind viewers of why they had been watching the state’s greatest artists on YouTube, a number of Texans shared about how they had been affected by the historic winter freeze.
Kim from Abbott, Texas, who was in a distinct a part of the state in the course of the storms, returned to a house stuffed with 62,000 gallons of water. There was a lot water, she couldn’t open the door, and when her daughter helped her get it open, they noticed the lake that her home had turn out to be.
Tumani, a single mom of three from Dallas, Texas, talked about sleeping in her automobile to maintain heat for 2 days. After getting energy again and going inside as soon as extra, she noticed water leak out of sunshine fixtures and shops. The ceiling collapsed, and she or he needed to relocate her household to a lodge. Between working three jobs, she nonetheless made time to volunteer for the group.
Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, talked about having to take out college flooring and chopping out the partitions to allow them to dry out. The whole district had greater than $7 million in damages, inflicting some youngsters to quickly relocate to varsities with appropriate infrastructure.
Sometimes, McConaughey would begin a video name with Texans who testified about their experiences and provide instant assurance of reduction. With Tumani, he known as her up and stated he would exchange a few of her furnishings and get her sons the tools they wanted for a small enterprise that they had began. For John Paul, a farmer in Waxahachie McConaughey provided to pay for the damaged half inthe farm’s sprayer, which was not lined by insurance coverage.
“You haven’t any concept from how good that feels… having that hope to go ahead,” John Paul stated.
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4. Well-known Texans gushed about their dwelling state.
Between McConaughey’s interludes and the musical performances, native Texans with a declare to fame briefly shared their love for the Lone Star State.
Viewers noticed transient glimpses of actors like Jamie Foxx, Renée Zellweger (in a Longhorns cap) and Jennifer Garner. Musical skills corresponding to Megan Thee Stallion, the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez talked about their dwelling state.
“The factor I really like most about Texas is the nice barbecue, good Mexican meals and Southern hospitality,” Gomez stated.
Skilled athletes, together with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, former Longhorn Colt McCoy and Dak Prescott, additionally shared their favourite elements about Texas.
“Texans are powerful,” McCoy stated. “We bond collectively. Neighbors serving to neighbors. Households serving to households. Buddies serving to pals.”
Different appearances got here from Dr. Phil, Michael Strahan, and Chip and Joanna Gaines; Angie Harmon, Jordan Spieth and Miranda Lambert; Woody Harrelson, Troy Aikman and Jamie Benn; Alex Bregman, Liza Koshy and “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin. Even non-native (and new Austinite) Joe Rogan popped in for a video name.
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5. Woody Harrelson introduced his transfer to Austin, Texas
When it was Harrelson’s flip to speak about his favourite elements of Texas, he unintentionally revealed his upcoming transfer to Austin.
“Good day Texas. Woody Harrelson right here from Austin — from Midland,” Harrelson stated. “I’ll be shifting to Austin, simply generally I really say — I am not really from Austin.”
Regardless of his slip up, he shared his aspirations for the profit.
“I’m many, many miles away from you, however my coronary heart is with you,” Harrelson stated. “I hope that what Matthew and Camila are doing actually helps, and I am sending my love. After which after we transfer there, we’ll offer you love in individual.”