Sheryl Crow is the latest addition to the 13th annual Stand Up for Heroes charity fundraiser, taking place on Monday (4) at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York. The evening of comedy and music, which raises money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation and honours veterans and their families, opens the New York Comedy Festival, which runs until 10 November.
Bruce Springsteen and TV personality Jon Stewart, both of whom have frequently contributed to the event since its inception, are among the other participants in this year’s show. Ronny Chieng, Hasan Minhaj and John Oliver are also part of the line-up, and surprise guests are promised.
Woodruff and his wife Lee started the charity after he suffered a serious brain injury while reporting on the Iraq war for ABC News, and spent 36 days in a coma. Since the first Stand Up For Heroes in 2007, when the Woodruffs teamed with New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, it has raised more than $50 million.
“Even after 13 years of Stand Up for Heroes, the event continues to inspire our audience and our nation,” says Woodruff. “We can’t forget that these brave individuals stand up to serve in our military, and we need to show our support by standing up for them in return.”
Anne Marie Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, adds: “To improve the quality of services across the military-veteran community, we invest in programs and partnerships that identify and fill gaps in services to address the most urgent and emerging needs of our veterans and military families. This event is a special opportunity to celebrate and connect with the veterans and families that our foundation is dedicated to supporting.”
More information about SUFH, including details of how to get involved in their work, is at their website.