They’ll be more stars than on the Hollywood walk of fame on deck for tonight’s Rise Up New York!, the citywide virtual telethon to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 7pm EST gathering will be dually promoted by iHeartMedia and New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, Robin Hood.
While the Tina Fey-hosted broadcast is focused on generating money for those in need, it will also provide a lineup of some of the city’s biggest musicians, actors, comedians, chefs and other personalities. Musicians scheduled to perform during tonight’s show include Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, Sting and more. And other celebs touted to appear include N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Idina Menzel, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah, among others.
“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 in a statement. “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.” 100% of the proceeds from the event will provide food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services and educational support for the city’s most vulnerable citizens during the Corona Virus outbreak.
For those wishing to tune in, Rise Up New York! will be simultaneously broadcast on all New York City TV stations, iHeartMedia and Entercom broadcast radio stations, News 12, Spectrum News NY1, SiriusXM and nationally on CNBC.