One World: Together at Home
As New York’s social set was anticipating the start of spring gala season, Governor Cuomo announced a shelter-in-place order on March 20th, halting large gatherings indefinitely. As the season’s most anticipated events were suddenly called off, people around the world invented new ways to entertain and socialize in these difficult times while still respecting the restrictions, giving rise to virtual events. Perhaps the largest to date was Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home concert, which was broadcasted live across 60 networks and unified billions of viewers around the world. The uplifting special, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert, raised money for COVID-19 relief funds and featured at-home performances by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Elton John, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, and others.
“Zoomtopia” to Benefit the W.H.O.’s Covid-19 Response Fund
On April 2nd, Toby and Larry Milstein hosted the first Zoom gala, where almost 200 attendees clicked in to dance with friends and enjoy performances from Anna of the North, Cheat Codes, and mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, who taught guests how to make signature cocktails to enjoy together. Ticket sales from the event, coined “Zoomtopia,” raised funds for World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund and the International Medical Corps. Proceeds from the event exceeded $20,000, although guests were just asked for a donation of at least $25.