The 15th annual Stand up for Heros celebration was recently held at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
This event raises awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation who provides assistance for veterans and their families. The foundation’s mission is to find, fund, shape, and accelerate equitable solutions that help the veteran and military community thrive. They ensure that consistent support and resources earned are available for veterans, service members, and families. The event also kicked off the New York Comedy Festival, which featured hundreds of comedians from around the world performing in over 100 shows at various prestigious venues in New York City from November 8th to November 14th.
The evening was filled with memorable surprises, moments, special guests, and stories recognizing the individuals who served in the military. Bob Woodruff shared, ” Even though there aren’t wars in the headlines every day, there are crises all over the world where our troops are still protecting us. We owe them and their families so much for what they do.” Emphasizing that the funds raised help make a difference for the community and the individuals impacted.
Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, spoke about how continuous support is essential for our service members. “Lest we forget that even though we’ve left Afghanistan, there are still thousands and thousands of our brave troops who are deployed around the globe. As such, it’s essential that we continue to do the work to support these brave men and women who risk life and limb each and every day to support our freedoms.”
In 2007, New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox partnered with Bob and Lee Woodruff to create this event as a tribute to wounded, ill, and injured veterans and their loved ones. For the past 15 years, they have raised millions to provide life-changing support and resources.