Robin Hood’s Star-Studded Telethon Enlists Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro + Billy Joel To Raise Relief Funds For New Yorkers

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez

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Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and iHeartMedia came together on Monday night to air a citywide “virtual telethon” to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers whose lives have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19. One hundred percent of donations raised are deployed directly to the organizations on the frontlines who are providing support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services, education and more. To date, Robin Hood has raised over $115 million toward relief and recovery efforts since the onset of the pandemic in New York City.

Sting
Sting

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Telethon appearances for the Tina Fey-hosted event included Governor Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Awkwafina, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Daniel Humm, Danny Meyer, Darryl McDaniels, David Chang, Eli Manning, Fab 5 Freddy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Tuck, Matthew Broderick, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Michael Strahan, Mike D & Ad-Rock, Patti Lupone, Phil Simms, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez, RZA, Salt-N-Pepa, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee and Trevor Noah. Musical performances included Alicia Keys, Andrew Rannells, Ben Platt, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Chris Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Karen Olivio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mariah Carey and Sting.

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro

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During the one-hour benefit, Robert De Niro opened the show with a call to action for the five boroughs to rise up, saying: “Our city is under attack but we’ve been here before. In the last 20 years – both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. You can take your best shot but you cannot break our spirit.”

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi

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Musical performances included Mariah Carey’s rendition of “Through the Rain/Make It Happen”; Sting’s “Message in a Bottle”; Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” along with Staten Island’s P.S. 22 School District, as introduced by Jennifer Lopez.

Billy Joel
Billy Joel

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CEO of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, stood in his former Bronx neighborhood to address the community’s dire needs and share Robin Hood’s 32-year-history of helping in the midst of catastrophic crises.

Chris Rock
Chris Rock

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New York Giants Super Bowl Champions Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan and Phil Simms announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through Omaze for one lucky fan to play a game of touch football with the players in their own backyard and score a Super Bowl ring. The winner of the sweepstakes and three friends will have an opportunity to play with the players, coached by team owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch, and officiated by legendary sportscasters Mike Tirico and Bob Costas. The winner will also receive his or her very own Super Bowl ring, a photo with the Giants’ Super Bowl trophies and a celebratory dinner at their home. Fans can now donate to win on Omaze until August 4th, 2020.

NY Giants
Michael Strahan and Eli Manning

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Broadway legends Barbra Streisand, Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald offered their feelings on the closing of New York City’s Theater District. Streisand said, “When all the Broadway theaters went dark it was another shock, in the midst of many these days, it was painful to think that all that creative energy suddenly shut down. I cannot wait for the lights to go back on and all the theaters around the world… especially Broadway.” Lupone added, “When I woke up on March 12, I didn’t know that I had played my last performance of Company the night before. It was the day Broadway houses went dark due to COVID-19… but we will come back. The lights of Broadway, now dimmed, will shine again on those beautiful houses because the show must and will, go on.”

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey

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Lin-Manuel Miranda kicked off a zoom rendition of “New York, New York” with at-home Broadway stars Andrew Rannells, Ben Platt, Chris Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel and Karen Olivo.

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the disparities of coronavirus and urged New Yorkers to take the crisis and turn it into a unifying moment.
David Chang joined fellow chefs and restaurateurs Angie Mar, Daniel Humm, Daniel Meyer and Winston Chiu to highlight the impact on New York’s restaurant business. Chang said, “It is impossible to overstate the importance of New York’s restaurant industry. It’s also impossible to overstate the crisis it’s currently facing – the threat of extinction. That is very scary. ”

Daniel Humm
Daniel Humm

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Jimmy Fallon provided thoughtful, comedic relief with Fallon drafting his iconic “Thank You Notes” where he thanked “the Brooklyn Bridge for keeping Brooklyn and Manhattan socially-distanced”, as well as “New York for showing the world what the Empire State of Mind really is: perseverance, belief in the future, belief in each other.”

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain

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Hip-Hop stars Ad-Rock, Chris Rock, Darryl McDaniels, Fab 5 Freddy, Mike D, Rosie Perez, RZA and Salt-N-Pepa joined to raise awareness on the hurting communities who bred hip-hop.

David Chang
David Chang

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The benefit closed with Governor Andrew Cuomo surprising viewers by introducing a special performance of “Miami 2017” by friend Billy Joel, which took over 13 of Times Square’s iconic digital billboards. At the same time, the Empire State Building debuted a choreographed lighting spectacle that will repeat at 9 PM ET every night throughout this week.

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

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