Today GOOD+ Foundation, a national nonprofit founded by Jessica Seinfeld that addresses multi-generational poverty, revealed that recording artist, actor and activist Common will perform and Pro Football Hall of Famer and distinguished co-host of Good Morning America Michael Strahan will make a special appearance at the 2018 GOOD+ Foundation Benefit on Wednesday, September 12 presented at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
“An Evening of Comedy + Music” will also feature previously revealed headlining performances by renowned comedian Jerry Seinfeld, along with Leslie Jones, Gad Elmaleh and Sebastian Maniscalco as well as musical sensation John Legend. Common will also perform alongside Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins of his supergroup, August Greene, who will act as the evening’s official house band. Additional VIP guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
Since 2001, GOOD+ Foundation has provided low-income families with the social services, education, support and dignity necessary to outgrow poverty and create an upward trajectory for their children. This special evening, which will raise over $2 million for GOOD+, will celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and its evolution to better engage fathers for the benefit of their children, families and communities.
“Becoming a father made me see the world differently, and the love I have for my daughter is unparalleled,” said Common. “I’m passionate about our youth and making sure they with their families have the necessary items and tools to succeed, and that is why I am so proud to support GOOD+ Foundation and their groundbreaking work for a night of comedy and music.”
“We are deeply grateful to the people, friends and supporters who are helping us create this incredible evening to celebrate GOOD+ Foundation’s accomplishments and vision ahead,” said Jessica Seinfeld, founder and president of GOOD+ Foundation. “It is only through their support that we are able to continue in our commitment to create meaningful change and strengthen families across the country.”
Jerry Seinfeld added, “A strong family is the most important influence in anyone’s life. I am humbled and honored that so many friends would offer their time, talent and energy to help advance the work GOOD+ Foundation is doing to help men and women be the parents they want to be.”
The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception, two-hour benefit program featuring comedic and musical performances plus a post party celebration at the nearby Ziegfeld Ballroom. Tickets and ticket packages are now on-sale at www.carnegiehall.org and www.goodplusfoundation.org, respectively.
The 2018 GOOD+ Benefit will be supported by Presenting Sponsor Samsung Electronics America, Platinum Sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Tiedemann Advisors and Valentino, as well as Gold Sponsors American Express, Delta Air Lines and Hearst.