New York’s annual Stand Up for Heroes, an event in which comedians and musicians gather to honor impacted veterans and their families, returns this fall at David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with performances from Jimmy Carr, Ronny Chieng, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp and more.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival will hold the 17th edition of Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH) event on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The War and Treaty, Rita Wilson, Tracy Morgan, Shane Gillis and Jon Stewart are also scheduled to make appearances to spotlight the stories of resilience and service of the individuals who have served in the nation’s military. Proceeds from the event go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit for veterans whose mission is to ensure U.S. veterans and their families have stable and successful futures.
“I’m thrilled to announce the 17th annual Stand Up for Heroes, an amazing night of hope, healing, and laughter to honor our nation’s veterans and their families,” Bob Woodruff, ABC correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, said in a release. “The evening will include a fantastic lineup of comedic and musical performances. Beyond that, Stand Up for Heroes will shine a light on the incredible service and sacrifice of our veterans, service members, and their families, and raise important funds to support the men and women who have had our back and who now need us to have theirs.”
Tickets for the event went on sale today and can be bought at the Lincoln Center box office or through bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox partnered with Bob and Lee Woodruff back in 2007 for the inaugural SUFH, and the event has raised $70 million since then for veterans and families. Other artists and comedians who participated in past SUFH include Stephen Colbert, Eric Church, Whoopi Goldberg, The Lumineers, John Mayer, Jim Gaffigan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams.
“Stand Up for Heroes is an integral part of the New York Comedy Festival and offers a unique opportunity for all of us to show support to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to serve our country,” said Hirsch, who is also a board member of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “This special event is an unforgettable experience where attendees can experience the healing power of laughter and music while helping to provide long-lasting services to these extraordinary veterans.”
The Bob Woodruff Foundation has been educating people about the physical and mental effects of war and has invested more than $120 million to support 20 million veterans and military families.
“Many veterans face challenges that include food and housing insecurity, social isolation, and health issues. Coming together to publicly support our nation’s 20 million veterans and military families is something that all of us can get behind,” Anne Marie Dougherty, CEO of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, said in a statement. “The Foundation is proud to once again host Stand Up for Heroes, a moving and laughter-filled celebration of the veteran community and their service. We are grateful for our wonderful partners, the New York Comedy Festival and its founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, for helping us make Stand Up for Heroes possible for our veterans, service members, their families and caregivers.”