NEW YORK, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul McCartney and The Robin Hood Foundation today announced that McCartney and his band will be performing at Robin Hood's annual benefit, to be held May 12 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization and every dollar raised at the benefit will go to support the most effective poverty-fighting programs throughout the five boroughs.
Paul McCartney is no stranger to Robin Hood. Immediately following the 9/11, he generously donated his legendary talents to the Concert for New York City, which raised 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. In addition, the money raised provided emergency assistance and support, as well as long-term mental health care and other health services to First Responders, their families and low-income New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of the attacks.
More recently, McCartney headlined the Robin Hood 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, which raised more than $50 million in one night to help front-line organizations that were helping victims of Hurricane Sandy throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
"I know that with Robin Hood 100% of the money raised goes right to the organizations helping people on the edge," said Mr. McCartney. "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."
"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."
Please contact Debbie Fife at 212-245-6570 x 20 or [email protected] for tickets and table information.
About Robin Hood
Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, Robin Hood has raised more than $2 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give New York's neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives. Robin Hood's board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.
About Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool on 18th June 1942. He was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute.
Since writing his first song at the age of 14, Paul McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. In the sixties, as the writer and co-author of their greatest songs, he changed the world of music with The Beatles. Legendary albums include: Please Please Me, Revolver, Help!, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album. Paul has continued to push boundaries over the last 30 years, first as a solo artist, then with Wings (with albums that included Band on the Run and At The Speed Of Sound) and following that as a solo artist again, with recent highlights including 2013's global hit album NEW. 2014 saw Paul release Hope For the Future, the title track for the record-breaking video game Destiny.
Paul McCartney is also an accomplished award-winning classical composer. His most recent classical album Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) won the Best Album Award at the Classical Brit Awards. In 2011 Paul composed the score for the New York City Ballet Ocean's Kingdom.
An 18-time Grammy winner and recipient of The Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement and Trustees Awards, McCartney's list of international accolades reads like no other: 2012 saw Paul adding the MusiCares Person of the Year to this unrivalled list. The award recognized both his incomparable creative achievements and his lifelong commitment to charitable work, which includes decades' worth of philanthropic activities for PETA, LIPA, One Voice, The Vegetarian Society, Nordoff Robbins and Adopt-A-Minefield—not to mention his participation in historic benefit concerts including Live Aid in 1985, The Concert for New York City in 2001, Live 8 in 2005 and 12-12-12.
In 2010, Paul made two visits to the White House, receiving singular honors on each trip. In June of that year he performed in front of President Barack Obama and his family while becoming the first-ever British recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Paul returned to the White House that December (where even the President joked about Paul becoming a regular) as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Equally renowned for his live performances as he is for his songwriting, Paul McCartney has performed sold-out concerts to millions of people all over the world winning rave reviews along the way. In the space of 18 months his latest Out There tour, which commenced in 2013 and is still going strong, has seen him perform 63 shows in 11 different countries to almost 2 million people.
A freeman of The City of Liverpool and Lead Patron of The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Paul McCartney was appointed Fellow of The Royal College of Music in 1995 by The Prince Of Wales. In 1996 Paul McCartney was knighted by H.M. The Queen for his services to music.
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