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"The Concert for New York" - next benefit event confirmed28 Sep 2001
Shortly after the success of "America - A Tribute To Heroes" TV special which raised over $150 million from viewers' donations worldwide, the next big show is coming our way.
"The Concert for New York" will be a joint event of VH1, Cablevision and Miramax Films, scheduled for October 20 at Madison Square Garden, and again, the list of performers donating their time is definitely an impressive one. Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, India Arie as well as Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Cusack and members of all of New York's sports teams have already been confirmed to attend.
Just as its predecessor, the concert will be multibroadcast over the globe commercial-free to help raising money for the September 11th victims and rescue workers. Members of the New York Fire, Police and Rescue crews and their families have been invited to the four-hour show which airs at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on October 20, 2001. AOL will webcast the event, adding several interactive elements of information to it.
A memorabilia auction for charity and all merchandise sales have been announced to further support fund raising efforts. The money will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, established by the Robin Hood Foundation, with funds to be distributed to the Twin Towers Fund created by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other charities and is said to aid victims and their families 100 %.
James Dolan, President and CEO of Cablevision, John Sykes, President of VH1, and Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of Miramax published in a joint statement: "This is an evening where all of us who either live in New York or love this great city can show our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of workers who risked their lives to save others. It also will pay tribute to the incredible pride and resilience of New York City. The initial response from the artist and entertainment community to this tribute has been nothing short of incredible."
Tickets will be available on Sunday, October 7 at 12:00 noon through Ticketmaster phones, outlets and via internet at Ticketmaster.com.
-- With thanks to JCO Correspondents Tommy Pihl & Angelika for sending in the news. Click to comment this article.
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