In lieu of a live event this year, the Robin Hood Foundation Benefit—New York's largest single fundraiser (and the No. 1 benefit on BizBash's Top 100 Events in the U.S. 2019 list), gathering nearly 4,000 guests each year to raise tens of millions of dollars to fight poverty in the United States—teamed up with iHeartMedia on Monday, May 11 for a virtual telethon titled "Rise Up New York!" Hosted by Tina Fey, the star-studded virtual fundraiser raised funds to help the city recover from the hard-hitting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; guests included Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many others, as well as New York's local political figures Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The telethon brought the nonprofit's tally to more than $115 million to benefit organizations on the frontlines who are providing support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services, education, and more.
Paying homage to the foundation that continues to break fundraising records year after year, we're taking a look back at the Robin Hood Foundation Benefit's creative production over the years.