The waters have receded and the power is back on, but for the New Yorkers hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, life will never be the same. Thousands of homes were destroyed and many people have been dislocated and forced to start over. The entertainment community, especially that with roots in the tri-state area, has responded in many positive ways, beginning with NBC’s primetime telethon on Nov. 2 that raised $23 million. On Dec. 12, Madison Square Garden is hosting The Concert for Sandy Relief, an all-star effort featuring Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel and several others, to raise money for the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Jane Rosenthal of the Tribeca Film Festival is working with the State of New York to help raise funding for the city’s still-hurting residents, and she recruited some of New York’s biggest names to serve as messengers. So far, generous Americans have committed $17 million to the Empire State Relief Fund, which is working with various housing and community agencies to direct these funds to the New Yorkers that need it most. But even with the support of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Steve Buscemi, there’s still more to be done.
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