Bruce Springsteen Confirmed for 2015 Stand Up for Heroes Benefit
Bruce Springsteen will take the stage again for the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, leading a lineup that also includes late-night TV personalities Jon Stewart, John Oliver and Seth Meyers as well as trumpeter Chris Botti.
Rolling Stone reports that other "surprise guests" are planned for the event, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 10 at Madison Square Garden. This marks the ninth annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, dedicated to creating "long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families, by finding, funding and shaping initiatives that enrich the lives of these heroes" by helping raise funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
Springsteen's appearance continues a tradition that spans Stand Up for Heroes' existence, and has found him performing at each of the shows while contributing in a variety of sometimes unorthodox ways. At last year's benefit, for example, he ended up raising $600,000 by auctioning off a prize package that included a guitar lesson, a ride around the block on his motorcycle, the shirt off his back and dinner at his house.
Woodruff, a journalist who suffered critical injuries in 2006 after being struck by a roadside bomb while on assignment in Iraq, has, along with his wife Lee, spearheaded his foundation's efforts while maintaining his duties as a correspondent for ABC News. "Despite their wounds," he said in a statement, "veterans are returning home looking for their next challenge, to make a true difference in their communities – sometimes, they just need a helping hand – and events like Stand Up for Heroes help us do that."
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