The 16th Annual Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, returns to kick off NYCF 2022
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH), New York’s highly anticipated evening of hope, healing and laughter, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), returns for its 16th annual celebration in honor of those affected by our country. veterans and their families, and to kick off NYCF 2022 on Nov. 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. SUFH will feature performances from comedians and musicians including Amber Iman, The Lumineers, Hasan Minhaj, Jeff Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and more. The event will also highlight inspiring moments, memorable surprises, and stories of resilience while recognizing the men and women who have served in our country’s military. SUFH raises awareness and funds the Bob Woodruff Foundation, whose mission is to find, fund, shape and accelerate equitable solutions that help the veteran and military community thrive.
Stand Up for Heroes is sponsored by Bread Financial and presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. In addition to Bread Financial, Stand Up for Heroes support is brought to you by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Vehicles for Veterans, HSBC, UBS, Citi, Fortress, Barclays, PMI, RBC Capital Markets, Assured Guaranty, Balyasny Asset Management, BlackRock, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citadel, Academy Securities, AmeriVet Securities, Ares, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Foundation, CME Group, Drexel Hamilton, JPMorgan Chase, Macquarie, MetLife, Santander, Skadden, Slate Asset Management, Union Square Advisors, Amazon and Progyny.
“After an incredible in-person comeback last year, we’re thrilled to welcome everyone back to another night of laughter, healing and appreciation for our country’s heroic veterans, featuring some of the most funniest people and some of the most talented musicians on the planet,” said Bob. Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Stand Up for Heroes celebrates our veterans, service members and their families by highlighting their remarkable stories of resilience and service. We know it will be an entertaining and powerful evening and we hope to see you there.
In 2007, New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox teamed up with Bob and Lee Woodruff to create this special event to honor wounded, ill and injured veterans and their loved ones. Since its inception, Stand Up for Heroes has raised over $65 million to create positive and lasting results for veterans, service members and their families impacted by our country. Over the past 15 years comedians and artists such as Stephen Colbert, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ronnie Chieng, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Romano and Robin Williams took to the stage to defend our amazing service members.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to present Stand Up for Heroes as a very special night during the New York Comedy Festival,” said Caroline Hirsch, Founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, and Fellow of the Board of Directors of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We are humbled by the resilience, dedication and sacrifice these extraordinary veterans have shown in service to our country. We’re here to support our veterans and their families – and there’s no better way to come together and experience the best in stand-up comedy and the healing power of laughter.
For the past 16 years, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been a force for change in the veteran space, forging partnerships and uniting leaders at the highest levels of government, military, business and philanthropy. BWF has invested more than $85 million to find, fund and shape the most innovative programs supporting our heroes, reaching more than 11 million veterans and their families across the country.
“As well as being a hilarious night of jokes and an inspiring night of healing, last year’s return to an in-person Stand Up for Heroes was an incredible reminder of the power of communities coming together to rally around people. ‘a common cause,’ said Anne Marie. Dougherty, CEO of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “With so many challenges facing veterans and exacerbated by the pandemic, it is essential that we all come together again to not only celebrate them and their sacrifices, but also to remind the veteran community that there is people and organizations who truly care and will not stop fighting on their behalf.
“Bread Financial is proud to strengthen the financial well-being of our veterans and their families through our partnerships with Stand Up for Heroes and the Bob Woodruff Foundation,” said Ralph Andretta, President and CEO of Bread Financial. . “In the face of unprecedented rates of food insecurity and housing instability in the veteran community, Bread Financial is redoubling its efforts to help veterans maintain their financial security after service.”
Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes go on sale Sept. 7 at bobwoodrufffoundation.org, nycomedyfestival.com, and at the Lincoln Center box office.
About Stand Up for Heroes
Stand Up for Heroes was started in 2007 by Bob and Lee Woodruff and New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox and is one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter. honoring our country’s wounded veterans and their families. . Since its inception in 2007, SUFH has raised $65 million to create positive and lasting results for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families. Stand Up for Heroes continues to develop and grow due to its remarkable success. Beginning at City Hall, the event moved to the Beacon Theater in 2010 and the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2013 before going virtual in 2020. Over the past 15 years, comedians and performers, including Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano and Robin Williams took to the stage to defend our extraordinary soldiers. Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF).
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after journalist Bob Woodruff was injured by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, BWF has issued an enduring call to action for people to stand up for the heroes and address the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans, including mental health, caregiver support, food insecurity and service-related fertility issues. To date, BWF has invested more than $85 million in Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered veterans, service members, and affected family members across the country, reinforcing the message that BWF has “Got Your Six”. For more information, as well as stories of success and innovation from BWF’s partner network, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @bwforg.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL
Launched in 2004, the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) is produced by Carolines on Broadway and created by Caroline Hirsch. NYCF brings together over 200 of the nation’s top comedians, including Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, John Leguizamo, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman , Wanda Sykes and many more at more than 100 locations across New York’s five boroughs and now Long Island. In 2007, NYCF launched the “Stand Up for Heroes” event to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which featured performances by Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, Conan O’Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and many more. To date, Stand Up For Heroes events have raised over $65 million. For more information, visit https://nycomedyfestival.com and follow on social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MakeNYLaugh.
ABOUT BREAD FINANCIAL
Bread Financial™ (NYSE: BFH) is a leading-edge financial services company that provides simple, personalized payment, lending and savings solutions. The company creates opportunities for its customers and partners through digital choices that deliver ease, empowerment, financial flexibility, and exceptional customer experiences. Driven by a digital approach, data insights and white-label technology, Bread Financial drives partner growth through a full suite of products, including private label and co-branded credit cards, loans installment and buy now, pay later (BNPL ). Bread Financial also offers direct-to-consumer solutions that provide customers with more access, choice and freedom through its American Express Bread Cashback™ brand.® Credit card products and Bread Savings™.
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