Manhattan, New York– Comic Relief USA held its inaugural gala in New York City on Monday to raise funds and awareness about intergenerational poverty.
The event, held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in Manhattan’s Financial District, featured some of the most famous comedians and writers on the red carpet, including Emmy Award-winning comedian and television host John Oliver; Roy Woods Jr.
“The View” co-host Ana Navarro also appeared and was interviewed by Eyewitness News.
“They’ve been helping people in need for a long time,” Navarro said. “They did a few things. One, they made us laugh, and in the process of making us laugh, they helped a A wonderful cause and always very charitable, helping those in need.”
The gala supports Comic Relief America’s mission to use the power of entertainment to raise funds and awareness to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty by investing in programs that address food insecurity, education disparities, and housing and health care.
“Comic Relief USA believes in the transformative power of entertainment to drive real social change,” said Alison Moore, CEO of Comic Relief USA. “We’ve seen it unite communities, build understanding, and empower action, to break the cycle of poverty. Our inaugural gala is an opportunity for us to celebrate the power and impact of Comic Relief USA, which has raised more than $421 million for children and families around the world.”
The evening honors Henry Munoz III, owner and chairman of top comedy studio Funny Or Die, with his first Vision Award.
“I am deeply honored to receive this honor; to me, being a visionary is being able to see things that are overlooked, from underrepresented voices in media to underserved communities,” Munoz said. The needs of the community.” “I join my colleagues at Funny or Die in applauding Comic Relief USA for spreading comedy’s vision as a healing and beneficial social force, and we pledge our continued support of their work.”
Excellent performances by Oliver, Phoebe Robinson, Deni Benton, Alex Edelman and the Brooklyn United Marching Band.