NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Fey shed tears after revealing that it was raising more than $115 million to help New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19 during a virtual telethon.
“Thanks, thanks,” said a tearful Fey, the Rise Up New York host! Practice, on Monday night. The Emmy-winning actress along with other Barbra Streisand A-list celebrities, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Strahan, requested donations to aid in relief and recovery efforts.
Our city is under attack but, Robert De Niro said, we’ve been here before. Both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy have been present over the last 20 years. You can fire your best but you can’t destroy our spirit.
New York-based poverty-fighting organization Robin Hood and iHeartMedia presented the one-hour benefit. Robin Hood said all the donations would include food, housing, cash support, mental wellbeing, legal care, and education funding. You ‘re better off than 2 million of your neighbors who woke up hungry if you had breakfast today, Fey said.
Mariah Carey performed her single “Making It Happen” in 1992. She sang upbeat melody while her backup singers and pianist played on separate screens. Together we will make it through this, Carey said.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, and others performed a version of the classic song “New York, New York,” by Frank Sinatra. Lopez launched PS22 Chorus, a group of elementary school students from New York who sang the “Get Up” for Andra Day. Lopez, a New York native, said I know your strength.
Spike Lee exchanged positive words about sports coming back early someday. After being closed due to the pandemic lockout, Streisand and Audra McDonald expressed the same excitement about New York City’s Theater District coming back “stronger than ever.”
New York Giants greats like Strahan, Eli Manning, Phil Simms, and Justin Tuck revealed a chance to play a touch football game with the players in their own backyard and get a Super Bowl ring through a sweepstakes for one fan. The sweepstakes winner and three friends will get an opportunity to play against the players.