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Thursday
Nov042010

Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, The Boss 'Stand Up for Heroes'

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Mazur/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart cracked jokes, while Tony Bennett sang and Bruce Springsteen rocked at a fundraising event in New York City Wednesday for wounded members of the U.S. military and their families.

The fourth annual Stand Up for Heroes show, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, was held at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre and hosted by Stewart.  The event was also streamed live online to several military bases.  Bob Woodruff is an ABC News Correspondent who spent five weeks in a coma after suffering a head injury while reporting from Iraq.

Stewart referenced Tuesday’s election results in his opening remarks, saying when he heard the benefit would be raising money for the wounded, he thought to himself, “Oh, a Democratic Party fundraiser.”  Stewart also joked the Republicans were an endangered species two years ago, but the election results showed how good Democrats are at conservation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, after Springsteen performed, he turned over one of his guitars to be auctioned off.  An unidentified woman purchased it for $140,000.

The fundraiser also included video messages from President Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel, who joked that Precious star Gabourey Sidibe would give him a “wet willie” for every $100,000 donated.  At the end of the video, Sidibe appeared on screen and gave Kimmel two wet ones.  Jerry Seinfeld closed the show, after Stewart introduced him by saying he's a big fan and has been watching Seinfeld reruns for years.

All proceeds from the event go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which supports wounded service members, veterans and their families.

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