Robin Hood’s Annual Benefit Returns

$77.5 Million Raised to Fight Poverty in New York City

Robin Hood’s annual benefit (finally!) returned to New York City with a star-studded evening that raised $77.5 million toward the fight against poverty. The event brought together the biggest names in entertainment, business, and philanthropy with the shared mission to raise critical funding for New Yorkers living in poverty, and to lead the way for New York City’s next great comeback.

This event also signified the strong return of live events. Robin Hood was committed to creating a safe environment at the Javits Center. The health and safety of guests, crew, working staff, and talent was paramount.

Hosted by Cecily Strong, the event featured a show-stopping concert by the Jonas Brothers and inspirational tributes and performances by Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and more. To further underscore the meaning of the evening, the benefit took place on the 20th anniversary of the historic Concert for New York City, which raised over $35 million for Robin Hood’s Relief Fund for the survivors and families of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.

Among the other special highlights of the evening:

  • As part of Robin Hood’s partnership with the MTA and through the generosity of The Gray Foundation, guests entered through “Turnstiles Gateway to Opportunity,” a tunnel of 10,000 MetroCards, each with a $33 value which will be distributed to Robin Hood community partners to provide 120,000 rides to get New Yorkers back to work.

100% of the funds raised at the benefit will be invested in the most impactful poverty-fighting programs across all five boroughs specifically aimed at three critical goals:

  • Getting families back on their feet by partnering with the public sector and nonprofit organizations to shore up basic needs like access to food and shelter;

This year’s benefit was co-chaired by Alexis Ohanian, John Sykes, Neil and Rachel Blumenthal, and Audrey and Danny Meyer. The night was supported by generous sponsors including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Casa Dragones, Empire State Building, New York or Nowhere, Warby Parker, Winged Keel Group, and Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

Fighting poverty in New York City since 1988.