Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters and more for Stand Up for Heroes

Comics and rockers are coming out in force for veterans.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival present Stand Up for Heroes brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc. Tickets are available for purchase on September 9, 2013 at, or

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) are proud to present Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of comedy and music benefiting injured service members, veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm. 

From the press release

From Town Hall to the Beacon Theater and now The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in seven years, this event has raised more than $16 million to support wounded warriors and their families. It brings together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government, and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-911 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.

Stand Up for Heroes honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families by offering support in the effort to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war. 

The event will feature performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and other surprise guests. 

One of last year’s highlights was Roger Waters performing with injured service members, whom are musicians, from BWF grantee MusiCorps based out of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes go on sale beginning today through or Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing [email protected].

“A million service members are on their way home. They seek what we all do: a sense of purpose, a sustainable source of income, and a successful future for their families.  We must work together to ensure the next chapter of their lives is worthy of their sacrifice. We are so thankful to the talent who continuously come back to support this important cause,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Our performers want to simply give back to the men and women who served our country and have come home injured. It is truly an inspiration to see everyone come together for an important night to honor and remember our heroes.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the seventh consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes,” says Caroline Hirsch, founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  “It’s a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of people like Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and all of the great performers who have lent their considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years,” Hirsch adds.

Stand Up for Heroes, brought to you by VOWS, a consortium of financial firms, and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc., is one of the centerpiece events of the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 6-10, 2013, at venues throughout New York City. The NYCF’s schedule will consist of more than 175 comedians -- including Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Jim Jefferies, Anthony Jeselnik, Bill Maher, Charlie Murphy, John Mulaney, Nick Swardson, David Steinberg and Wanda Sykes -- performing in over 50 shows at iconic New York City venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, and Carolines on Broadway.

This year’s sponsors for Stand Up for Heroes include: VOWS, GFI Group, Inc., The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Google, Havas PR & Havas Health, Hero Miles, JetBlue, JWT, Purdue Pharma.

For more information on sponsorship email: [email protected].

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $15 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit

About the New York Comedy Festival Now in its tenth year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with COMEDY CENTRAL. The festival has featured the country's top comedians, including Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Dane Cook, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the “Stand-Up for Heroes” event to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Robin Williams, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer and Roger Waters. For more information about the New York Comedy Festival, please visit

About Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) In December 2010, in an unprecedented move, several of the world’s largest financial institutions launched Veterans on Wall Street (“VOWS”), a confederation of firms who are committed to help support, educate and recruit military veterans and their families as they transition in to the civilian workplace.   By organizing ourselves, sharing best practices and, importantly, engaging our corporate and investing clients, VOWS strives to make a material difference in the experience of our veterans as they transition out of the military.  In addition to our efforts to support charitable organizations focused on our transitioning military and their families, VOWS is committed to lowering the exceptionally high unemployment rate among our military veteran community.  Through a combination of educational initiatives, mentoring, outreach to the military, employee affinity groups, and an annual conference, VOWS promotes career development, support, and retention of veterans throughout the global financial services industry.  Central to the VOWS mission is the recognition that many of the skills veterans developed in the military–leadership, fast and accurate decision–making, operational focus, and the drive to accomplish a mission–have a direct application in the financial services industry. VOWS also recognizes that the cultural values our veterans have developed in the military—passion, drive, commitment, and teamwork—mesh with the corporate values sought after and practiced in financial services. VOWS works with military organizations, veterans groups, industry associations and vendors to build awareness and understanding of how these skills and cultural attributes make military veterans outstanding employees.


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