Bruce Springsteen And Others Raises $4.6m For Veterans
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The Show Went Virtual Last Year
Stand Up For Heroes is an annual fundraising event started by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff who was seriously injured by an IED in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq. Ever since it launched in 2007, it managed to raise more than $70 million to help wounded veterans and their families. It’s part of the New York Comedy Festival.
In 2020, because of the pandemic, it went virtual. But for this year, it was held at Alice Tully Hall. The bill included Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Brandi Carlile, Jim Gaffigan, Nikki Glaser, Nate Bargatze, Donnell Rawlings, Grace Gaustad, and Sing Harlem.
Springsteen debuted the title track to his latest studio release, “Letter to You”. He played three other songs — “I’ll Work For Your Love”, “Hungry Heart”, and “Dancing in the Dark.” He told a few dirty jokes in between his acoustic numbers.
Every year, Springsteen is the highlight of the concert. He missed it only once — back in 2017 when he was busy with his Broadway show. Last year, Springsteen performed at an empty bar in New Jersey.
“We don’t have to ask him. He comes to us,” Woodruff said.
The star-studded benefit show raised $4.6 million. Current and former military members were also present at the concert.