Bruce Springsteen returning to Stand Up for Heroes vets benefit in November
It’s Bruce Springsteen, and he’s not exactly on Broadway.
Springsteen will join Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Carr, Eric Church and other surprise guests in the 12th annual Stand Up for Heroes veterans benefit, Monday, Nov. 5, at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Boss’ appearance marks his return to the “Stand Up for Heroes” fold as he was absent last year after a run of 10 consecutive shows. He had a scheduled “Springsteen on Broadway” performance to attend last year.
Springsteen’s become to known to “Heroes” fans for playing several acoustic songs, telling jokes and auctioning off goodies that include guitars, a trip to Jersey Freeze in Freehold and plates of his mom’s lasagna.
The winning bid for the Springsteen package was $280,000 in 2016. The money goes to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which forges partnerships and unites leaders in government, the military, business and philanthropy in support of veterans. The foundation has invested more than $55 million to “find, fund and shape the most innovative programs supporting our heroes, touching the lives of veterans and their families across the country,” according to Stand Up for Heroes.
Woodruff is an ABC journalist who was wounded in Iraq.
“As Lee (Woodruff, his wife) and I began our own journey of recovery from my injuries, we were inspired and committed to do something in return for those who risk so much and ask for so little,” said Woodruff in a statement. “Stand Up for Heroes was our way to come together with our veterans and their families so that we could laugh, heal and share in the incredible stories that have defined this movement.”
“Stand Up for Heroes is an incredible example of the healing powers of music and laughter,” said Caroline Hirsch, founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway and a Bob Woodruff Foundation board member, in a statement. “We are proud to commend our veterans, and are thrilled to present the event, which wouldn’t be possible without the time and dedication from all of the performers and supporters of the organization over the years.”