Paul McCartney, former bass-playing singer songwriter for The Beatles, helped anti-poverty charity Robin Hood pull in $101 million at its annual benefit at the New York City’s Javits Center on May 12.
More than 4,000 Robin Hood supporters raise over $101 million for organizations serving New Yorkers in need at its annual benefit.
This is the largest amount ever raised by Robin Hood.
The event was hosted by Robin Hood board member Katie Couric, with a performance by the legendary Paul McCartney and his band.
McCartney performed songs spanning his unprecedented 50-year career, including “Let it Be,” “Band on the Run,” and a rousing rendition of “Hey Jude.” Jon Bon Jovi was the surprise musical guest of the evening, performing an acoustic version of his multi-platinum hit “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Other special entertainers included Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, and comedian Michael Che.
“Helping those who are less fortunate should be a joyous process,” said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood.
“And last night more than 5,000 people came together to feel joy and pride and to create a true community of caring. We are overwhelmed by their generosity and humbled by their faith in Robin Hood. Thanks to our donors, we will be able to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.” Robin Hood also hosted two additional benefits for the first time ever, held at Lavo and the Gallery at the Dream Downton, where 1,000 young professionals joined the fight against poverty in New York City.
Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and in 2014 made over 200 grants totaling $133 million to organizations throughout the five boroughs. Because its board of directors underwrites all overhead expenses, including program evaluations, administrative services and fundraising costs, 100% of every outside dollar raised goes directly to those programs doing the most good for New Yorkers in need.