On Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00pm, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will host a star-studded benefit to support those in need in the severely impacted state. The event will include performances streamed from the homes of New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa, Halsey, SZA, and Charlie Puth, as well as Tony Bennett, who long had a studio in the state. Others who hail from the state will make special appearances including Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Ripa, Chelsea Handler, Saquon Barkley, Jon Stewart, and Chris Rock.
Following New York, New Jersey is the hardest-hit in the nation, and their trajectory has not yet plateaued like New York. As of Sunday, the state had 85,301 positive cases and 4,202 deaths. The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF) was created “to fill in the many gaps we are identifying and help raise and direct funds to existing providers of ‘boots on the ground’ services.” One hundred percent of every donation made to NJPRF will go to “existing organizations with a demonstrated track record of caring for vulnerable communities” so that they can provide relief for front-line workers and those in need. In less than three weeks, the fund had already raised $20 million.
New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy said in a statement, “New Jersey is on the front lines of this pandemic, making it more important than ever for us to do what Jersey does best – take care of one another. That’s why we’re asking everyone in our state to join the NJPRF and some of New Jersey’s finest for some much-needed musical entertainment, levity and Jersey Pride during these unprecedented times.”
“Jersey 4 Jersey” will be streamed on the Apple Music and AppleTV apps, SiriusXM’s E Street Radio (which is currently free), as well as most major television networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, and PIX11.
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