'Rise Up New York' virtual telethon raises $115 million for COVID-19 relief

Tina Fey hosts Rise Up New York telethon
Posted at 5:35 AM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 05:35:19-04

NEW YORK — 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, and aired on PIX11 and other local and national networks.

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