‘Rise Up New York!’ Telethon Raises Over $115 Million

Robin Hood and iHeartMedia‘s “Rise Up New York!” telethon raised more than $115 million to support New Yorkers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funds raised by Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, will be spent on relief and recovery efforts to help fellow New Yorkers rebuild their lives as the city moves towards recovery and beyond.

Robert De Niro opened the virtual 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.”

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.

The “virtual telethon” was hosted by Tina Fey. “If you had breakfast today, you are better off than two million of your neighbors who woke up hungry,” she told the audience from an empty 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

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