The New York City-based Bob Woodruff Foundation has announced that it raised $3 million to help injured troops and their families during its recent annual Stand Up for Heroes event and anticipates receiving additional support as a result of joining the #GivingTuesday initiative.
The proceeds from the November 8 standup comedy event will be shared with organizations across the country that the foundation has vetted for their effectiveness and success. For the first time, the event, which featured Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Patton Oswalt, Jon Stewart, and Robin Williams and musical performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, and Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, was live-streamed on YouTube.
"We are thrilled with the results from Stand Up for Heroes — the generosity of spirit exhibited that evening from all the honored guests, performers, and supporters is quite humbling," said Woodruff, who co-founded the organization. "And now with #GivingTuesday we're excited to see the spirit of the holiday season kick off in such a charitable way."