The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival present Stand Up for Heroes
on November 5th, 2014, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
Brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation
supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc.
Stand Up for Heroes, New York’s most impactful night of comedy and music, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), the star-studded occasion honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families.
The charitable event will feature performances by Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and other surprise guests. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.
Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes go on sale today at 12:00 NOON EST through bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families. Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the eighth consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes,” says Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff Foundation board member and founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. “It’s a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of all of the great performers who have donated their time and considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years,” Hirsch adds.
Stand Up for Heroes, brought to you by VOWS, a consortium of financial firms and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc. is one of the centerpiece events of the 11th annual New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 5-9, 2014, at venues throughout New York City. The NYCF’s schedule will consist of more than 200 comedians — including Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Dane Cook, Bill Cosby, Chris D’Elia, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, and Amy Schumer, performing in over 60 shows at iconic New York City venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, and the NYU Skirball Center.
This year’s sponsors for Stand Up for Heroes include: Veterans on Wall Street, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, GFI Group, Inc., Toyota, Havas PR & Havas Health, Hero Miles, Jack Daniels, JetBlue, JWT, and Starbucks.
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation:
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $22 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than 2 million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
About the New York Comedy Festival:
Now in its eleventh year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with COMEDY CENTRAL. The festival has featured the country’s top comedians, including Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Larry David, John Mulaney, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the “Stand Up for Heroes” event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan O’Brien, Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer, among others. To date, the “Stand Up for Heroes” events have raised over $21 million. For more information please visit the NYCF website, www.nycomedyfestival.com, like the NYCF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/newyorkcomedyfestival, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.
About Veterans on Wall Street:
In December 2010, in an unprecedented move, several of the world’s largest financial institutions launched Veterans on Wall Street (“VOWS”), a confederation of firms who are committed to help support, educate and recruit military veterans and their families as they transition in to the civilian workplace. By organizing ourselves, sharing best practices and, importantly, engaging our corporate and investing clients, VOWS strives to make a material difference in the experience of our veterans as they transition out of the military. In addition to our efforts to support charitable organizations focused on our transitioning military and their families, VOWS is committed to lowering the exceptionally high unemployment rate among our military veteran community. Through a combination of educational initiatives, mentoring, outreach to the military, employee affinity groups, and an annual conference, VOWS promotes career development, support, and retention of veterans throughout the global financial services industry. Central to the VOWS mission is the recognition that many of the skills veterans developed in the military–leadership, fast and accurate decision–making, operational focus, and the drive to accomplish a mission–have a direct application in the financial services industry. VOWS also recognizes that the cultural values our veterans have developed in the military—passion, drive, commitment, and teamwork—mesh with the corporate values sought after and practiced in financial services. VOWS works with military organizations, veterans groups, industry associations and vendors to build awareness and understanding of how these skills and cultural attributes make military veterans outstanding employees.
About the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation:
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to achieving lasting and meaningful change in our community through four main areas of focus: education, children’s health, veterans, and the arts. The Foundation places an emphasis on improving the lives of children through education reform and healthcare initiatives, providing help to our returning heroes with mental health and employment programs for veterans, and supporting the arts that inspire us all.
About GFI Group Inc.:
GFI Group Inc. (NYSE: GFIG) is a leading intermediary in the global OTC and Listed markets offering an array of sophisticated trading technologies and products to a broad range of financial market participants. More than 2,500 institutional clients benefit from GFI’s know-how and experience in operating electronic and hybrid markets for cash and derivative products across multiple asset classes, including fixed income, interest rates, foreign exchange, equities, energy and commodities. GFI’s brands include Trayport®, a leading provider of trading solutions for energy markets worldwide and FENICS ®, a market leader in FX options software.
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in New York, GFI employs over 2,000 people globally, with additional offices in London, Paris, Brussels, Nyon, Dublin, Madrid, Sugar Land (TX), Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Santiago, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima and Mexico City.