Robin Hood’s virtual “Rise up New York!” Benefit
In early May, Robin Hood, the city’s largest poverty-fighting organization, held a virtual benefit to raise funds for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19. Tina Fey hosted the evening from an empty 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Participants included Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore, who discussed the organization’s current goals, New York Giants legends Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan and Phil Simms, who announced their Sweepstakes through Omaze, and Mayors Bill de Blasio and Mike Bloomberg, who both discussed hardships faced by New Yorkers. There were also musical performances by artists like Mariah Carey, Sting, and Bon Jovi. As the event concluded, Fey teared up as she announced that the charity had raised $115 million in total funds since the start of the pandemic through its Relief Corps, Relief Fund, and the “Rise Up New York!” broadcast. Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised viewers by introducing a final performance from Billy Joel, which took over billboards throughout Times Square.
Southampton Animal Shelter’s “The Greatest Party that Never Was”
With the cancellation of Southampton Animal Shelter’s major fundraising events, the organization held a socially distant benefit that encouraged “attendees” to stay at home with their pets, submit photos, and donate to the charity’s website. The digital invitation displayed, “This is a very fake event for a very real cause! You have to miss this!” As the imaginary gathering concluded, Southampton Animal Shelter revealed photos of everyone who “didn’t show up” on its Facebook page.