A virtual telethon hosted by comedian Tina Fey on Monday night raised $115 million to support New Yorkers impacted by the coronavirus.
The event was held with iHeartMedia and Robin Hood, a New York poverty-fighting organization, and raised the funds to go toward nonprofits working on the front lines of the city’s crisis, Robin Hood announced.
In addition to Fey, the event featured stars issuing calls for donations to help those in need in their city.
"Our city is under attack, but we've been here before. In the last 20 years, both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy,” actor Robert de Niro said. “You can take your best shot, but you cannot break our spirit."
The event ended with Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay NY health chief criticized over state's COVID-19 response resigns MORE (D) introducing a performance of Billy Joel singing “Miami 2017,” with Joel broadcasted across 13 digital billboards in Times Square.
THANK YOU to all who came together tonight to rise up for NYC. You raised $115M for nonprofits working on the front lines of our city’s #COVID19 crisis.— Robin Hood (@RobinHoodNYC) May 11, 2020
+ A special thanks to @empirestatebldg & @billyjoel for this quintessential NYC moment. #NY4NY https://t.co/0gkVaS73Jx
The event also featured musical performances by Mariah Carey, Sting, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez, as well as appearances from Broadway stars Barbra StreisandBarbara (Barbra) Joan StreisandLady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus among stars calling on entertainment CEOs to back action on climate change Barbra Streisand: Republicans 'want an authoritarian state' Spielberg donates money from Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize to nonprofits MORE, Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda also joined for a Zoom performance of “New York, New York,” featuring Andrew Rannells, Ben Platt, Chris Jackson, Cynthia Erivo and Karen Olivo.
Former New York Giants Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan and Phil Simms announced an opportunity for a fan to play a game of touch football with the players in their own backyard as well as win a Super Bowl ring if they enter a sweepstakes. Money from entries to the Omaze sweepstakes will also go toward Robin Hood.
New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, with 337,055 positive COVID-19 cases, according to state data.