Telethon for New York city raises $ 115 million

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Some of the artists who performed are: Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sting and Billy Joel.

A telethon organised for the benefit of charities new york, and conducted by several celebrities raised the Monday night $ 115 million in pledges of donations.

The event one hour was presented by the actress, writer, screenwriter, and producer Tina Fey, who unveiled the figure at the end of the program with tears in their eyes, although it is not known for its effusive.

All of the donations will be destined to the association of Robin Hood, which collaborates with more than 250 organizations that fight hunger and help the needy to find a job or housing.

From the start of the confinement due to the pandemic coronavirus, 831.000 new yorkers are registered as unemployed, about 10% of the total population and 18% of the economically active population.

Many new yorkers who have lost their jobs are going hungry, especially the most vulnerable populations and with higher rates of mortality during the pandemic: the hispanic immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, and african-americans of low income.

The amount pledged could increase even more after the end of the program, titled “Rise Up New York!” (Stand Up New York!), that was broadcast on several national channels and local.

During the telethon, organized in collaboration with the group of media iHeartRadio, several artists and performers sang from their homes, among them Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sting and Billy Joel.

While Billy Joel sang “Miami 2017 (Seen the lights go out on Broadway)”, broadcast for the first time in 1976 and in which he describes the destruction apocalyptic New York, the Empire State building changed colors to the rhythm of the music.

“Stay strong New York, and used chinstrap,” said Billy Joel. “So you don’t get it too no crap from anyone”.

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