Paul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation, New York City's largest poverty fighting organization, announced March 19 that the Beatle and his band will perform at their annual benefit dinner gala May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. All money raised at the benefit will go to support the group's poverty-fighting programs throughout the five boroughs of the city.
"I know that with Robin Hood 100% of the money raised goes right to the organizations helping people on the edge," McCartney said. "As an honorary New Yorker, I'm proud to help Robin Hood continue their efforts to help the neediest people get the support and tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families."
McCartney is no stranger to the foundation. Following the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001, he helped organize and headline the Concert for New York City, which helped the Robin Hood Foundation raise more than $36 million to provide direct financial assistance to the families of victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The money raised brought emergency assistance and support, as well as long-term mental health care and other health services to many who were affected by the attacks. Among the others who performed were David Bowie, the Who, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, James Taylor and Elton John.
More recently, McCartney headlined another concert benefit for the foundation, the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief. In addition to McCartney, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Alicia Keys and others also performed and raised more than $50 million to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
"All of us at Robin Hood are honored to have Paul perform at our benefit," said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. We know from past experience he will blow the doors off the Javits Center with a musical performance that should not be missed. We continue to be overwhelmed by Paul's generosity of spirit and his willingness to use his incredible talents to aid New Yorkers in need."
Individual tickets begin at $3,000 per seat and all but $250 per seat is tax deductible. The event is a seated benefit dinner with each table seating 10. Paul McCartney will perform after the dinner. All proceeds benefit Robin Hood's poverty fighting program in New York City. For tickets and information, contact the foundation.