Robin Hood’s Annual Benefit Returns to Raise $ 77.5 Million for Poverty Alleviation in New York
Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, the Jonas Brothers and more come together to raise funds to build a new post-pandemic New York
Posted: October 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EDT|Update: 18 minutes ago
NEW YORK, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – Last night, Robin Hood annual benefit returned to New York City with a starry evening that raised $ 77.5 million towards the fight against poverty. The event brought together the biggest names in entertainment, business and philanthropy with a common mission to raise vital funds for New Yorkers living in poverty and pave the way for that of New York next big comeback.
Hosted by Cecily strong, the benefit included a mind-blowing Jonas Brothers concert as well as tributes and inspiring performances by Alicia Keys, Bruce springsteen, Paul McCartney, and more. To further emphasize the meaning of the evening, the benefit evening was held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the historic Concert for New York City, which raised more than $ 35 million for Robin Hood Relief fund for survivors and families of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
“Robin Hood was founded 33 years ago to help lift needy New Yorkers out of poverty. Exactly twenty years ago, last night, we gathered for the Concert for New York City, and we saw the willingness of New Yorkers to help their neighbors when they needed it most. We did it after Storm Sandy, and right now our city still needs us because too many New Yorkers are still suffering and being left behind, ”said Paul Tudor Jones, co-founder and board member of Robin Hood. “new York is the largest city in the world and we’re determined to make its promise of opportunity a reality for everyone by putting families back on their feet, kids on the right track, and helping New Yorkers get back to work. that of New York Feedback can be more inclusive than ever. We are grateful to every donor, guest and performer last night. “
100% of the funds collected during the service will be invested in the most effective anti-poverty programs in the five districts specifically targeting three essential objectives:
- Put families back on their feet by partnering with the public sector and non-profit organizations to meet basic needs such as access to food and shelter;
- Getting children back on track by investing in targeted education programs, while meeting the heightened social and emotional needs of students; and
- Put New Yorkers back to work by training and placing workers in high-quality, high-growth employment sectors like technology, healthcare and construction.
“Robin Hood leads the fight against poverty by New York City and our work is bigger than ever. Having grown up in this city and spent my career working with communities that did not have the same opportunities, I recognize that we face an exceptional challenge. Despite the decline in poverty rates nationwide, poverty in our city is on the rise. Our kids are finally back in class, but nearly half of our city’s over 1 million students are below grade. Our unemployment rate is double the national average and millions of New Yorkers still cannot afford rent or put food on the table, ”said Robin Hood Chief Executive Officer, Richard R. Buery, Jr. “I am so grateful to the incredibly talented Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce springsteen, and the Jonas Brothers for coming together for our fellow New Yorkers, and for every donor who continues to support the fight against poverty in New York City. “
This year’s benefit was co-chaired by Alexis Ohanian, John sykes, Neil and Rachel Blumenthal, and Audrey and Danny Meyer. The evening was supported by generous sponsors including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Casa Dragones, Empire State Building, new York or nowhere, Warby parker, Winged Keel Group and Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
Among the other highlights of the evening:
- Within the framework of Robin Hood partnership with the MTA and thanks to the generosity of the Gray Foundation, guests entered through “Turnstiles Gateway to Opportunity”, a tunnel of 10,000 MetroCards, each with a $ 33 value that will be distributed to Robin Hood community partners to provide 120,000 rides to get New Yorkers back to work.
- that of Stephen Colbert voice rang out in the room as he served as God’s voice all night.
- Bruce springsteen delivered a charismatic acoustic performance of the hit songs “Working on The Highway”, “Dancing in The Dark” and “Thunder Road”.
- Co-chair of the Advantage John sykes, president of entertainment companies for iHeartMedia, paid a rousing tribute to Paul McCartney which included a performance of the Beatles hit “Let It Be” by Alicia Keys.
- Paul McCartney was awarded Robin Hood prestigious Silver Archer Award for his two-decade partnership with the organization – including 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy relief – which has helped lift more than $ 200 million for New Yorkers in need. He is then joined on stage by a group of New York City firefighters, in addition to Nick jonas, Alicia Keys, Bruce springsteen, and John sykes. He remarked that the moment was particularly touching for him because his own father was a firefighter.
- With the help of Roger goodell, Eli manning, and Justin tuck, Robin Hood paid tribute to new York sports and their fans by inviting the winner of Robin Hood Get up New York! Fundraiser Omaze on stage to give him a New York Giants jersey. Thanks to Omaze, she gained a unique experience: her own Super Bowl ring and a game of touch football with Eli manning, Michael strahan, Phil simms, and Justin tuck.
- Richard R. Buery, Jr. featured a video of remarkable New Yorkers who benefited from Robin Hood nonprofit partners – including the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, CommonLit, iMentor and Pursuit – to share their personal stories and show the impact of Robin Hood Support. After the video, those in attendance joined Buery on stage and received a standing ovation.
- Paul Tudor Jones spoke to remind New Yorkers of how far they have come in the fight against poverty and stressed the urgency of continuing to support efforts to reduce poverty as we recover from the pandemic.
- SNL Cecily strong and Bowen Yang happily announced the final amount of money raised throughout the evening – an incredible $ 77.5 million.
- The Empire State Building illuminated Robin Hood Green to celebrate the coming together of New Yorkers.
- The Jonas Brothers ended the night with a lively concert featuring hit after hit.
To request additional information on Robin Hood fight poverty or to donate, please visit www.robinhood.org.
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On Robin Hood:
Robin Hood fight against poverty in New York City since 1988. Because Robin Hood council covers all overhead costs, 100% of every donation goes directly to the fight against poverty. Last year, Robin Hood awarded $ 172 million in grants, filling a critical void during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing cash assistance, meals, shelter, health care, education and other urgent needs to one million New Yorkers affected by COVID -19, as well as by funding a range of programs and initiatives developed to lift families out of poverty by New York City. Follow the organization on Twitter @RobinHoodNYC and learn more at www.robinhood.org.
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