Emmy-winning talk show host Joy Behar, made people laugh for a good cause when she hosted “Joy Behar’s Friends with Benefits: A Comedy Fundraiser for The Retreat” on Sunday September 3rd in New York.
Leading comics joined, ‘The View’ star to stand up against domestic violence at this Labor Day Weekend benefit including HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Susie Essman, Funny man Mario Cantone, + Comedy Central’s “The President Show” star Anthony Atamanuik.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love wowed the audience with her performance of her #1 American Single (1962) He’s a Rebel followed by Da Do Run Run, + River Deep Mountain High.
“When I found out the number of children impacted by physical abuse, it got to me as a mother and grandmother and I wanted to use whatever influence I had to support The Retreat,” said Behar.
“This wonderful organization provides shelter to so many families and that was enough to make me want to do something. So I called on some of my friends who happen to be very funny and talented and they generously agreed to make us laugh and entertain us for this great cause.”
Discovery Communications underwrote this event with all money raised through ticket sales going directly to The Retreat. Tickets were sold out within one week of availability. The event has raised approximately $35,000 with an additional $40,000 (approx.) in-kind product donated for Joy Behar’s upcoming shelter makeover happening this October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Famous faces in the audience included Actor Adam Pally, Actor + Producer Bob Balaban, David Zaslav – CEO of Discovery Communications, Don Lemon – Host of CNN Tonight, Henry Schleiff – President of Discovery Communications, Marlo Thomas & Phil Donohue, & Sunny Hostin – co-host of The View.
About the Retreat: The Retreat is a safe haven for families in crisis in the Hamptons and the East End of Long Island. For more than 30 years, the community-based, not-for-profit agency has provided comprehensive domestic violence services for children and adults, support for survivors, and prevention community education. For more information: www.theretreatinc.org