This year the Robin Hood Foundation turned into The Game of Thrones.
We had a White Walker that had a fight with Jon Snow and we raised almost 70 MILLION dollars!
The Annual Benefit is the largest fundraising event in the United States
Themed “Robin Hood to the Power of You”, the evening included a concert from Shawn Mendes in coordination with a light show from the Empire State Building, a stand-up set from Sebastian Maniscalco, and surprise performance by Pharrell
Funds raised at the benefit support more than 200 community partners working to fight poverty in New York City
“We set out 31 years ago to fight this problem of poverty and I am proud that we are still attacking it with the same vigor that we did on day one, and with a much bigger army,” said Robin Hood founder Paul Tudor Jones. “Yet again, this city that has given so many of us so much has come together to give back. We had a hell of a night, and raised more money than we did last year — that’s the power of bringing everyone together to do good.”
The Robin Hood benefit is the largest gala raising money to fight poverty in the United States. Donations from the gala account for the majority of Robin Hood’s annual operating budget. Thanks to the generosity of Robin Hood’s Board which covers its operating costs, 100 percent of the funds raised tonight will go directly to Robin Hood’s more than 200 community partners who run on-the-ground programs to fight poverty across New York City. “Tonight we came together to give the poverty fight what it needs,” said Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore. “These are vulnerable times, 42 percent of New Yorkers have experienced poverty at some point over the past three years. The exponential impact of Robin Hood’s work has never been more important, and I am so proud to lead this community of caring and impact that brings together school teachers and portfolio managers, accountants and social workers.”
Guests entered the event through a hallway lined with 7,000 backpacks donated by Spreetail filled with school supplies – which will be donated to students in need through Robin Hood’s community partners. The evening program highlighted one the community partners, Relay Graduate School of Education, which empowers the next generation of educators to achieve success by working directly in low-income communities while earning their masters degree and building lasting connections within the communities they serve. Robin Hood helped found Relay in 2007, making it the first graduate school of education created in New York in the past 80 years.
Yasha Morgan, a KIPP NYC graduate and 8th grade science teacher who went to Relay and now teaches in the classroom he attended, spoke from the stage saying, “None of us would be here without the communities that raised us. We are not independent. We are interdependent. I didn’t find success on my own. You didn’t find success on your own. No one finds success on their own. Someone invested in you. Now you owe it to be the pillars of someone else’s success.”
Entertainment included a performances by Shawn Mendes, comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, who was introduced by Gayle King. Kenan Thompson introduced Pharrell who gave a surprise performance of his hit songs “Happy” and “Freedom”. Eli Manning along with the Robin Hood Teen Council introduced Shawn Mendes who performed his new single “If I Can’t Have You” in coordination with a music-to-light show from the Empire State Building in partnership with iHeartMedia. The Teen Council is a community of students who meet monthly to learn about tangible ways to fight poverty. Shawn Mendes also held a post-gala concert for benefit attendees and Arrow members of The Forest.
Data from Robin Hood’s Poverty Tracker — a unique representative survey of households in New York City oe systems, structures, and the narratives that hold and keep people back.
The organization, founded in 1988, unveiled a new strategic vision at the 2019 No City Limits conference in February which will focus on lifting households in New York City from poverty measurably and sustainably so New Yorkers can achieve economic stability.
About Robin HoodFounded in 1988, Robin Hood finds, fuels, and creates the most impactful and scalable solutions lifting families out of poverty in New York City, with models that can work across the country. Robin Hood invests nearly $120 million annually to provide legal services, housing, meals, workforce development training, education programs, and more to families in poverty in New York City. Robin Hood tracks every program with rigorous metrics, and since Robin Hood’s Board of Directors covers all overhead, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to the poverty fight. Learn more at www.robinhood.org; and follow Robin Hood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Robert Herjavec is one smart business man!
It was a very cool day working with him on this commercial for Wyndham hotels & resorts.
He also has a new book out “You Don’t Have to be a Shark Creating Your Own Success “
Robert Herjavec is one of North America's most recognizable and respected business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family.
A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America's fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, consulting, delivery and incident response for enterprise level organizations. Robert's ability to interpret industry trends and understand enterprise business security demands has helped him achieve the profile of a global cybersecurity expert. He has served as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Government of Canada, participated in the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Task Force for Cybersecurity. His views on the threat landscape, on emerging technologies and on the need for a proactive security framework are regularly profiled across print, digital and television mediums.
His inspiring books, Driven, The Will to Win and most recently You Don't Have to Be a Shark, have earned him the title of bestselling author.
To Robert, running a business is a lot like one of his greatest passions, racing cars. He believes, "You have to stay laser-focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour, and the same approach is required when growing a business in today's world of rapidly changing.
I learned a lot that day.
You know when Weley Snipes walks into a room!
He’s as fierce as they come.
I was TV surfing last night and I came across “To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything”… OMG the man had me in stitches !
Not only does he play a badass vampire but he can play a cross dressing Queen like no other.
Wesley is such a gentleman and he was so excited as soon as he walked in the door.
A true professional and I was thrilled to be his groomer on set.
Noxzema Jackson will be forever in my heart.
Go Team Wesley :)
First let me say how much I respect Mary Lambert. She is force to be reckoned with. She is one powerful woman & SMART!
Like David Fincher, filmmaker Mary Lambert started her career by directing Madonna's music videos. In the early days of MTV, she directed "Borderline," "Material Girl," and, eventually, the groundbreaking video for "Like a Prayer." She also did videos for Janet Jackson and Bobby Brown, as well as commercials, video games, and Saturday Night Live shorts. In 1987, she made her famous.
Stephen King clearly loves her work & she went on to direct Pet Sematary ! and 2.
I’ve been to her apartment & have seen her paintings SHE painted… Yes, the woman does it all and with style!
I’m honored to call her my friend.
LOVE Mary Lambert :)
What a pleasure it was to work with this incredible woman.
Her show on Broadway “Gloria” will not disappoint. There was not a dry eye in the house at the end of the night.
Gloria is the first truly strong woman that I admired & she is a powerhouse!
Gloria is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She lives in New York City, and just published her first book in over twenty years.
It was a true honor to just be a small part of her life, even if it was only for the weekend.
Carol Channing & LL Cool J What a pair together!!
What a joy to work with Carol Channing @ The Tony Awards. Here she is backstage with LL Cool J 💥 She forged the way for many women. She was so happy that night, she danced around the makeup room & showed us her black lace underwear. What legs‼️ She lit up every room 🔥 It was a night I will never forget. RIP Sweet Carol 💋
Omg this guy today 🤣 Mr Funny@arturocastrop‼️ Arturo is know as Jamie on “Broad City”... but he’s so funny Comedy Central gave him his OWN show “Alternatino”🎤 He plays 72.. that’s right 72 different characters 😳 He was also the Badass in “Narcos”. The man has serious talent & it was a pleasure working with him today. Thanks Buddy for making me laugh 😂 .
What a night for women!!
The most powerful women were all under one roof for this special night on the East River.
Ariana Grande won for Woman Of The Year.
Cyndi Lauper, Kacey Musgraves & SZA performed.
Janelle Monae won for Trailblazer Award.
We had the honor of working with the Fierce & Fearless attorney for songwriters Dina LaPolt … LOVE HER!!!
It was so refreshing to see woman honestly and truly love one another.
Wish the night would never end.
It’s so important for women to stick up and support other women.
We have to have each others back :)
What a fabulous treat to be with Paul McCartney on tour!!
We started out on The Jimmy Fallon show where those two had so much fun playing tricks on people and just having a good old time.
Egypt Station has been number 1 for 2 weeks in a row now..
Go Team McCartney!!!!!
Heading to Canada then to Japan. Did I mention Paul is HUGE in Japan!
Nothing like kicking it Old School with a true Rock & Roll Star..
Well , Andrew Lloyd Webber made the right choice in choosing John Legend to play the Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar …
They both one the Grammy for Jesus Christ Superstar..
I am very proud to have been a part of this production.
It was a bright sunny day in lower Manhattan that we did an interview with Kevin Bacon.
He was thrilled to talk about his cousin Holly Near.
Holly is a singer, songwriter, teacher & activist. I’m sure we would totally get along :)
Special quotes from Holly:
Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?
If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.
The women's movement completely changed attitudes all over the world in ways we'll never be able to count.
YES, we would be fast friends!!
This was a fun week promoting a new album with Tony Bennett & Diana Krall.
The title is “Love Is Here To Stay”…
All the songs are from the George Gershwin collection so you know everyone is a hit!
These two work so beautifully together and their love for one another shows even on the album.
I just love Old School, with all it’s class and meaning in every song.
Did you know that George Gershwin died at the tender age of 38! What a genius.
It was an honor as always to work with these two talented musicians.
Life is good :)
Well, this was one show that will go down in history and it was no easy task.... but I love the adrenaline rush.
Just when you think you have seen it all... BAM!!!
The VMA's are on Sunday night, Saturday at 3:30pm Nicki's stylist wanted all 8 female dancers to have 25 inch pony tails with matching bangs. Ok, I'll make that happen... No problem!
Sunday (day of show) that afternoon Nicki brought in 4 new dancers from LA which were all Asian with blonde hair.. OK still made it happen!
When we finally get to the stage, wardrobe wants us to attach METAL head gear on the crown of their heads. We probably used 3000 bobby pins to secure those pieces on! My fear was one would have flown off when they whipped their head around. Not one fell off!!!! Made it Happen!
When Nicki Minaj is on the performance list for an awards show, you know she’s going to deliver. The Queen rapper, whose new album just dropped Aug. 10, made quite a mark at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards: she chose to stage her show-stopping performance at the Occulus.
Singing from downtown Manhattan’s Oculus, the transport hub and shopping center that opened in the World Trade Center district recently, the Queens rapper served up an energetic medley of songs from her album, opening with “Majesty” before shedding her elaborate pink cape to rap “Barbie Dreams” and one more track, dressed in golden armor.
I just love working for strong, smart powerful women and that is exactly who Marillyn Hewson is.
A woman Like Marillyn makes you stand a little bit taller.
If there was one executive determined not to let politics get in the way of business this year, it was Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson. She deftly deflected a string of tweet attacks from President Trump—the Commander-in-Chief of Lockheed’s largest customer—by vowing to cut the cost of the company’s new F-35 fighter jets and to create 1,800 U.S. jobs. Hewson then reaped the benefits of Trump’s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, securing contracts worth a quarter of that total. The company’s sales are on track to grow 7% in 2017. (Hewson also remained on Trump’s now-disbanded manufacturing council when many of her peers resigned this summer.) Lockheed stockholders, meanwhile, have been well rewarded, earning an 81% total return over the past three years and 28% so far in 2017.
Congratulations to a WOMAN making CEO in a mans world!
The Tony Awards are one of the shows I look forward to every year.
Our hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles were absolutely AWESOME!
Theather actors are the best to work with as they are so professional and charming. There is never drama on stage or backstage. Everyone hits their marks and they are on time !
I've worked with so many of the actors the list would be too long but to just add a few of my favorites...
Tony Shalhoub , Bruce Springsteen , Robert DeNiro, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Katrina Lenk and Denzel Washington were the high light of my evening. Denzel is ever so sweet and did I mention HANDSOME!
I worked with Josh Groban for press on the days leading up to the show. Josh is quite the charmer :)... He told me he loved MY makeup!
Doing this show for almost 18 years now NEVER gets old.
I love when the Tonys come to town!
The fifth annual Trailblazer Honors celebrated activists and pioneers from diverse backgrounds to prove that while divided we fall, together we rise. The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine hosted the ceremony that broadened its focus within the LGBTQ community and beyond to shine a spotlight on the inspiring people that have changed our world.
Bebe Rexha opened the show with a choir rendition of her song, 'In The Name of Love,' that set the tone for the moving night ahead. Sara Ramirez and Padma Lakshmi spoked from personal experiences about the importance of the ACLU in honoring Executive Director Anthony Romero. Malcolm Jenkins reminded us of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin's courage, who thanked those who have supported them after the death of their son, Trayvon Martin. Logan Browning, Barry Jenkins, Cheyenne Jackson and Billy Porter discussed the impact that James Baldwin has had on their lives before Jussie Smollett performed his song 'Freedom' as a tribute to the late author. Ryan Murphy was honored by Mj Rodriguez, Janet Mock and Dominique Jackson before discussing those who have inspired him to create representation for all groups. Julia Roberts, Angela Bassett and more also thanked Murphy for what he has provided for them in their careers.
Everyday trailblazers Danica Roem, Opal Tometi, Joanne Smith, Cristina Jimenez, Charlie Craig and David Mullins were also honored for their important contributions to American politics and culture. Plus, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10's Final Four Aquaria, Asia O'Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels made an appearance before Bebe Rexha returned to close the show with her hit song, 'Meant To Be.'
It was a night that reminded us to support all members of our community, and that we are all Trailblazers!
This is always a fun show I do with Mr. Wollin down at the Jersey Shore at Asbury Park.
The number of people that were being honored I honestly could not keep up. Everyone was having such a good time Here is a list of all the people I did hair & makeup on ... It was truly a ROCKSTAR kind of night !
Debbie Harry, Bruce Springsteen , Little Steven Van Zant, Tommy James, Gloria Gaynor, The Four Seasons , Buzz Aldrin , Felipe Rose (From the Village People) and so many others.
My job is so fun !
Arianna Huffington is a role model and I woman I totally admire.
She lights up a room without saying a word.
Her strength and wisdom just GLOW!
Founder and CEO of Thrive Global. Founder of The Huffington Post. Mother. Sister. Flat-shoeadvocate. Sleep evangelist. Author of 15 books, including international bestsellers Thrive and TheSleep Revolution. Serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.
She just wrote the book Thrive which I started reading the day after I worked with her. Just ordered another (she has 15).
What an honor to be around such beauty a talent. Arianna is a true woman to look up to and my hope is to work with her again. I believe everything she says as she is in a position of no nonsense and of course NO fake news here!