Telethon raises $115M for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19

Telethon raises $115M for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19
Posted at 11:12 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 11:12:17-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Fey says more than $115 million was raised toward supporting New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19 during a virtual telethon.

A tearful Fey said "Thank you, thank you" in reaching the dollar amount as host of the Rise Up New York! event Monday evening.

The Emmy-winning actress along with other A-list celebrities from Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Strahan asked for donations to help relief and recovery efforts.

The one-hour benefit was presented by the New York-based poverty fighting organization, Robin Hood, and iHeartMedia.

Robin Hood said all the donations will provide support for food, shelter, cash assistance, mental health, legal services and education.

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