Star-studded telethon raises $115 mn for virus-hit New Yorkers

Agence France-Presse | Published: 22:52, May 13,2020


A celebrity virtual telethon organised to help New York charities assisting those hit by the coronavirus pandemic on Monday raised $115 million in pledges.

The hour-long ‘Rise Up New York!’ event was presented by actress Tina Fey, who was emotional as she unveiled the figure at the end of the program.

‘$115 million, what a great day for New York!,’ a tearful Fey said.

‘Thank you to everyone who gave and gave and gave from all over the world. There’s so much more to do.’

All of the donations will go to the Robin Hood association, which works with more than 250 associations to fight hunger and help the poorest to find accommodation or employment. Stars including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sting and Billy Joel performed from home for the virtual telethon, organised with media group iHeartRadio and broadcast on several national and local television and radio stations.

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