Tina Fey will be hosting an hour long virtual telethon presented by Robin Hood and iHeartMedia to help the city of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Rise Up New York!’ will be airing on various TV and radio stations.
The star-studded event will feature appearances by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, David Chang, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Moore, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah, and New York Giants Super Bowl champions Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Phil Simms. Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Mariah Carey, and Sting are some of the musical performers.
The telethon will also feature real-life accounts of the work that is being done in the front lines in the city.
“New York City is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis has created a whole new set of challenges for the millions of New Yorkers who already struggled to make ends meet,” Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore said in a statement. “This is a moment where we must all come together and rise up together as a community in support of our neighbors and in support of one another.”
Rise Up New York! raise funds for Robin Hood’s relief and recovery efforts that will be deployed to front-line organizations working with the most vulnerable during the crisis and after. Donations will go to providing food, shelter, financial assistance, health care, legal services, education, and more.
Rise Up New York! will air Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. ET on all local broadcast networks in New York City as well as News 12, Spectrum News NY1, and nationally on CNBC and on iHeartMedia and Entercom broadcast radio stations and nationally on SiriusXM.
The special is executive produced by Alex Coletti Productions, Sykes and talent producers Casey Patterson and Rick Krim.