"Stand up for Heroes" Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation

by MATHIAS ROSENZWEIG · November 5, 2009

Ben Wysocki, Isaac Slade, Renee Bardorf, David Welsh, Joe King[All photos by AMBER DE VOS for PMc]. Despite our nation's current time of despair, New Yorkers are staying hopeful. Last night, The New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation teamed up in order to provide veterans and other guests with "an evening of hope, humor, and healing."

The third annual "Stand up for Heroes" benefit, held at Town Hall, both thanked and honored the United States' injured veterans by providing them with comedic performances by Robin Williams, Lewis Black, and the host, Conan O'Brien. Legendary musician Bruce Springsteen took the stage as well.

Other guests included Elvis Costello, Lisa Lampanelli, Wilmer Valderrama, Bob Woodruff, and Mariska Hargitay. All proceeds from the event went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Brian Williams, Bob Woodruff Brian Williams, Bob Woodruff

Elvis CostelloKathy Lewis, Kevin Lewis Elvis Costello, Kathy Lewis, Kevin Lewis

Bob Woodruff, Jeannette Mayer, DeWayne Mayer, and a guest Bob Woodruff, Jeannette Mayer, DeWayne Mayer

Wilmer ValderramaDan Rather Wilder Valderrama, Dan Rather

Captain Chris Ayers, Renee Ayers, and a guest Captain Chris Ayers, Renee Ayers, and a guest

Jen Briest, Sgt. Cory Briest, Deborah Johnson, Robin Roberts Mariska Hargitay Jen Briest, Sgt. Cory Briest, Deborah Johnson, Robin Robert, Mariska Hargitay

Yvette Brownridge, Ira Brownridge Jr., Melvin Kerney Yvette Brownridge, Ira Brownridge Jr., Melvin Kerney

Renee Bardorf Lisa Lampanelli Renee Bardorf, Lisa Lampanelli