Star-Studded 'Virtual Telethon' To Raise Funds For New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19

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May 11, 2020 - 7:00 am

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Some of the biggest names in show business are teaming up for a relief benefit to support New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19.

    Rise Up New York! will be hosted by Tina Fey and organized by the Robin Hood Foundation. The virtual telethon will be held Monday, May 11th at 7 p.m. ET.

    The one-hour show will air next Monday on all New York City television and radio stations, including WCBS 880.

    The show will bring together New York City’s biggest musicians, actors, chefs and more with one common goal: To raise funds for Robin Hood’s relief and recovery efforts, deployed directly to the organizations on the frontlines that serve the city’s most vulnerable during the current crisis and its aftermath. 100 percent of donations will provide support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services, education and more – helping fellow New Yorkers rebuild their lives as the city moves towards recovery and beyond. 

    The all-star lineup includes Governor Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, David Chang, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Moore, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah, New York Giants Super Bowl champions Eli Manning, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Phil Simms, along with real-life accounts of the work being done on the frontlines.

    Musical performances include Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey and Sting.  

    “New York City is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has created a whole new set of challenges for the millions of New Yorkers who already struggled to make ends meet,” said Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore. “This is a moment where we must all come together and rise up together as a community in support of our neighbors and in support of one another.”  

    To learn more about Robin Hood’s response to the pandemic and the organization, or to donate, please go to  

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