Neil Young Plays Robin Hood Foundation
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In a surprise appearance on Monday night, Neil Young performed "Heart of Gold" at a benefit event for the Robin Hood Foundation in New York City .
The event, one of the largest single fundraisers in the U.S., benefits nonprofits providing job training, shelter, meals, education and health care in New York’s five boroughs.
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The Robin Hood Foundation put George Soros, Steve Cohen, Lloyd Blankfein, Stanley Tucci and about 3,800 other guests on a virtual train ride last night at its annual gala.
The subway-themed event at Manhattan’s sprawling Javits Center featured gigantic projection screens showing New Yorkers going through the turnstiles and waiting on benches for trains.
The price of admission was $3,000. The total raised last night was $57.4 million, including $13 million pledged on electronic devices to Robin Hood and $19 million pledged on the same devices to a new initiative with the X Prize Foundation, which will offer prizes to find solutions to poverty in New York City and beyond.
Neil Young, a surprise performer, came on just as guests dug into grilled cheese and gazpacho. His first song was “Heart of Gold.” After chocolate cake and coffee, Rihanna kicked off with “Only Girl” and kept the crowd bobbing along with “Run This Town” and “Live Your Life.”
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