A telethon organized for the benefit of New York charities and animated by numerous celebrities collected on Monday 115 millions of dollars in pledges.
The hour-long event was presented by actress, screenwriter and producer Tina Fey, who unveiled the figure at the end of the program, in tears, which she is not yet known to pour out.
All of the donations will go to the Robin Hood association, which collaborates with more than 250 associations to fight hunger and help the poorest to find accommodation or a job.
Since the start of confinement, 831 000 New Yorkers have registered as unemployed, that is to say near 10% of the population and close to 18% of the working population.
The amount promised could increase further because after this issue, entitled “Rise Up New York! “And broadcast on several national and local channels, the operation was still open to donations.
During the program, organized in collaboration with the media group iHeartRadio, several artists performed a song from home, including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, Sting or Billy Joel.
While the latter interpreted his title “Miami 2017”, which evoked, in 1976, the sinking of New York, the Empire State Building changed of colors to the rhythm of the music.
“Stay strong New York and put on a mask,” concluded Billy Joel, “and like that, you won't catch anyone's shit.” “