Paul McCartney Performs at Robin Hood Foundation Benefit, Helps Charity Raise $100 Million+
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May 13, 2015
Paul McCartney was in New York City on Tuesday to headline the annual benefit concert for the Robin Hood Foundation, held at the Jacob Javits Center. The event, which was attended by more than 4,000 of the charity’s supporters, raised over $101 million.
McCartney and his band played a set that featured a selection of his classic Beatles songs and solo hits, including “Let It Be,” “Band on the Run,” and “Hey Jude.” In addition, Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage as a surprise musical guest, performing an acoustic version of his band’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Katie Couric hosted the gala, while the entertainment lineup also included The Tonight Show‘s Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live cast member Michael Che.
According to Business Insider, a variety of celebrities appeared at the fundraiser, including Sting, Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Michael J. Fox, Diane Sawyer, and Jim Gaffigan.
The Robin Hood Foundation supports various charities and programs that fight poverty and help people in need throughout the New York City area.
McCartney’s next scheduled performance takes place June 19 at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.
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Paul McCartney : Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
May 12 2015
In the rehearsal
Walking in New York
55th Street and 6th Avenue
Paul McCartney en el Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
12 de Mayo 2015
ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION ANNUAL BENEFIT, NYC
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Paul McCartney | Photo: Steven S. for Average Socialite
Affair: Robin Hood Foundation Annual Benefit
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Hot Spot: Jacob Javits Center, NYC
Deets: At its annual benefit last night, over 4,000 Robin Hood supporters came together to raise more than $101 million for organizations serving New Yorkers in need. This is the largest amount ever raised by Robin Hood and is the largest single fundraiser in the country.
Contributions ranged from $5 dollars to $25 million, every penny of which will go toward the most effective schools, job training programs, shelters, emergency food providers, medical care, and other vital services throughout the five boroughs, thanks to the Robin Hood Board who underwrite all operational and event costs.
Included among the evening's generous contributions were two $25 million grants. The first, from an anonymous donor, will launch a fund investing in the best education and technology initiatives because an excellent education is the most powerful weapon in the fight against poverty. A remarkable group of visionaries with expertise in these areas – including John Overdeck and David Siegel from Two Sigma; Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen from Stanford; Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech; and Google's Eric Schmidt– will act as advisors to help Robin Hood make the most of this incredible opportunity.
In addition, Bill and Karen Ackman, co-founders of The Pershing Square Foundation, made a generous grant of $25 million that will go towards Robin Hood's overall mission of fighting poverty, with an emphasis on funding programs directed to the Latino community in New York City.
For the first time ever, Robin Hood also hosted two additional benefits – held at Lavo and the Gallery at the Dream Downtown – where 1,000 young professionals joined the fight against poverty in New York City.
"Helping those who are less fortunate should be a joyous process," said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. "And last night more than 5,000 people came together to feel joy and pride and to create a true community of caring. We are overwhelmed by their generosity and humbled by their faith in Robin Hood. Thanks to our donors, we will be able to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers."
The Javits Center event was hosted by Robin Hood board member Katie Couric, with an incredible performance by the legendary Paul McCartney and his band. McCartney performed songs spanning his unprecedented 50-year career, including "Let it Be," "Band on the Run," and a rousing rendition of "Hey Jude," which shook the Javits to its very core.
Jon Bon Jovi was the surprise musical guest of the evening, performing an acoustic version of his multi-platinum hit "Livin' on a Prayer." Other special entertainers included Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, and comedian Michael Che.
Co-chairs for the Benefit included Robin Hood board member Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE; Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees; and David Zaslav, president and CEO of Discovery Communications.
Spotted: Paul McCartney, Andrew Cuomo, Jon Bon Jovi, Jamie Hector, Katie Couric, Morgan Freeman, Sting, Michael J. Fox, Mary Erdoes
Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets were available by contacting Debbie Fife at 212-245-6570 x 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and table information.
Get Involved: Robin Hood Grantees have select volunteer opportunities available or you can donate! 100% of donations go directly to fighting poverty.
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ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION ANNUAL BENEFIT, NYC
Photos: Steven S. for Average Socialite