iHeartRadio Brings Stars Together for “Heroes of New York”


The citywide, star-studded, one-hour show shed a light on the selfless efforts by New Yorkers from all walks of life to bring awareness and provide assistance to those who have been dramatically impacted by COVID-19.

Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and iHeartRadio joined together to broadcast “Heroes of New York” to celebrate the true impact of the extraordinary generosity and selflessness of New Yorkers, featuring innovative and dedicated individuals and organizations who have continued to help our neighbours in need.

Notable appearances included: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Al Pacino, Andra Day, Andy Cohen, The Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God, Eli Manning, Ice T, John McEnroe, Jon Stewart, Justin Tuck, Kelly Ripa, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mariano Rivera, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Che, Michael Strahan, Ryan Seacrest, Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan. The show also featured performances by Andra Day who sang “Silent Night,” Mariah Carey who performed a special medley of three songs, David Bowie’s “Heroes,” her own “Hero,” and “Joy to the World,” and Tony Bennett, who sang “Smile.”

“New York is a special place. It’s got a grit and a determination all of its own and this year we saw that on full display. But when COVID-19 hit, this city quickly became the nation’s epicentre.

“For Black and Latinx New Yorkers and immigrant populations, these disparities are not new. In fact, over the past four years, half of the entire city lived in poverty for at least a year. With your help, we have supported over 600 organizations on the front lines,” said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood.

Moore continued: “We need federal action to increase food aid so that families don’t have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.

“And we need state action on COVID-19 relief that supports every one of our neighbours regardless of their immigration status.”

The special raised awareness of the efforts of the following everyday New Yorkers whose impact is drastically helping their community.

Funds raised through “Heroes of New York” will support Robin Hood’s relief and recovery efforts to help fellow New Yorkers rebuild their lives. One hundred percent of donations raised are deployed directly to the organizations on the frontlines who are providing support for food, shelter, cash assistance, health and mental health, legal services, education and more.

“People say that New York City has a tough veneer — but when you meet these heroes who will risk their lives to drive a subway car, run a homeless shelter or give their last dollar to a neighbour who can’t eat, you realize that this city is truly one of the most compassionate places on earth,” said John Sykes, iHeartMedia’s President of Entertainment Enterprises.

The show closed with the debut of “We Will Rise,” a tribute to the sacrifices of the frontline workers who saved New York City at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Heroes of New York” is produced by Alex Coletti Productions, Alex Coletti Executive Producer and John Sykes, iHeartMedia’s President of Entertainment Enterprises, along with Co-Executive Producers Casey Patterson, Rick Krim and Marta Ravin.

To learn more about Robin Hood’s response to the pandemic and the organization, or to donate, go to www.robinhood.org.