Bringing together celebrities with NY ties, including Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Robert De Niro, the event focused on uplifting and supporting New Yorkers that have been hit hard by the virus. You can give your best shot, but you cannot break our spirit. In addition to tonight's telethon, over $44 million of the funds were already raised through the Robin Hood Relief Fund and over $1.5 million has been raised through Robin Hood's "Relief Corps", including Gwyneth Paltrow, Karlie Kloss, Katie Couric and New York's sports teams, who launched GoFundMe fundraisers to engage their networks.
Robin Hood said all the donations will provide support for food, shelter, cash assistance, mental health, legal services and education. You did this. We are difference makers.
She asked: "Is this real?"
Stars including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sting and Billy Joel performed from home for the virtual telethon, organized with media group iHeartRadio and broadcast on several national and local television and radio stations. "We're going to get through this but we need to make sure we take care of all our neighbors, including our children", Lopez shared.
The novel coronavirus's true death toll in New York City may be far higher than official counts from the state and city now indicate, according to a report released Monday that suggests thousands of deaths may have gone uncounted. I know your strength.
Spike Lee shared encouraging words that sports would return someday soon.
"The counting of confirmed and probable COVID-19-associated deaths might not include deaths among persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection who did not access diagnostic testing, tested falsely negative, or became infected after testing negative, died out- side of a health care setting, or for whom COVID-19 was not suspected by a health care provider as a cause of death", the CDC said. The vast majority of people recover.