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Celebrity telethon raises $115 million for New Yorkers affected by coronavirus

NEW YORK — Tina Fey shed tears after asserting that greater than $115 million was raised towards supporting New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19 throughout a digital telethon.

“Thanks, thanks,” mentioned a tearful Fey, the host of the Rise Up New York! occasion Monday night. The Emmy-winning actress together with different A-list celebrities from Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Strahan requested for donations to assist aid and restoration efforts.

“Our metropolis is beneath assault, however we’ve been right here earlier than,” Robert De Niro mentioned. “Within the final 20 years, each 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. You may take your greatest shot however you can not break our spirit.”

The one-hour profit was offered by the New York-based poverty-fighting group Robin Hood and iHeartMedia.

Robin Hood mentioned all of the donations will present help for meals, shelter, money help, psychological well being, authorized providers and schooling.

“If you happen to had breakfast at the moment, you might be higher off than 2 million of your neighbors who wakened hungry,” Fey mentioned.

Mariah Carey carried out her 1992 music “Make It Occur.” She sang whereas her backup singers and pianist carried out on separate screens to the upbeat tune.

“We will make it by means of this collectively,” Carey mentioned.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Ben Platt and others carried out a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s basic music “New York, New York.” Lopez launched PS22 Refrain, a set of New York elementary college college students who sang Andra Day’s “Rise Up.”

“New York, I do know your energy,” mentioned Lopez, a New York native.

Spike Lee shared encouraging phrases that sports activities would return sometime quickly. Streisand and Audra McDonald confirmed the identical optimism about New York Metropolis’s Theater District coming again “stronger than ever” after being closed as a result of pandemic lockdown.

New York Giants greats together with Strahan, Eli Manning, Phil Simms and Justin Tuck introduced a possibility by means of a sweepstakes for one fan to play a recreation of contact soccer with the gamers in their very own yard and get a Tremendous Bowl ring. The winner of the sweepstakes and three associates could have an opportunity to play in opposition to the gamers.

Different musical performances included Sting’s “Message in a Bottle” and Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.”

For most individuals, the coronavirus causes delicate or average signs, akin to fever and cough that clear up in two to a few weeks. For some, particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues, it might probably trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, and demise. The overwhelming majority of individuals get better.

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