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This year’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit will feature a host of musical artists and comedic talent, headlined by Bruce Springsteen. The event is an evening of entertainment and performances to raise money for injured military service members and their families. Other performers will include Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams, and more. The show takes place November 5th at Madison Square Garden in New York, and tickets go on sale September 17th.
“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Bob Woodruff, head of the foundation that organizes the event. Woodruff is also an ABC news journalist who almost died in Iraq, after being struck by an IED in 2006. “Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved.” The Bob Woodruff Foundation works with the New York Comedy Festival to arrange the annual event.
“We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured,” Woodruff continued. “We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”
Springsteen was also featured at last year’s 7th annual “Stand Up For Heroes,” and at each one before it. Last year’s hosts also included Bill Cosby, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Roger Waters. That event raised just over $5 million (setting the record that the 2014 function aims to break). Heartwarming displays occurred throughout the evening, including the performance of Waters alongside about 25 musicians – all wounded active service members representing each branch of the armed forces. Springsteen’s performance last year involved semi-dirty jokes, a three-song acoustic set, and the auctioning off of his electric guitar. He also auctioned an hour of personal guitar lessons and an invitation to watch him record at his home studio (the final bid was $250,000). Over $21 million has been raised by the “Stand Up For Heroes” events.