Happy Birthday to Billy Joel, who turns 71 on Saturday (May 9th)!!! Billy, along with Sting, Bon Jovi, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez are among those set to appear on May 11th for Rise Up New York! The “citywide virtual telethon will kick off at 7 pm ET, to raise awareness and funds to help New Yorkers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.” The show will be hosted by Tina Fey, with all proceeds going to New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, Robin Hood.
Billy and wife Alexis have announced that their Joel Foundation will be making a series of donations amounting to $500,000 for aid and relief for the coronavirus pandemic. The couple issued a statement explaining, “Our first donation will be $500,000 in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). BStrong (Bethenny Frankel‘s disaster relief initiative) will immediately purchase masks, corona (virus test) kits and hazmat suits for the doctors and nurses in hospitals that are in dire need.”
The Joel Foundation has also donated $25,000 to Greenwich Village's Smalls Jazz Club & Mezzrow. The club has created a nonprofit organization called SmallsLIVE Foundation for Jazz Art and Education.