Stand Up for Heroes - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Stand Up For Heroes

Since 2007, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $70 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families.

Stand Up For Heroes

Since 2007, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $70 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s impacted veterans, service members, and their families.

History

Stand Up for Heroes launched in 2007 as the brainchild of Bob and Lee Woodruff and New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, and is one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter, honoring our nation’s injured veterans and their families. Since then, the event has raised more than $65 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families. Stand Up for Heroes continues to expand and grow due to its remarkable success. Beginning at Town Hall, the event moved to the Beacon Theater in 2010, to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2013, and then to David Geffen Hall in 2022. Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF).

Star-Studded Lineups
Year after Year

Stand Up for Heroes has seen immense talent over the past 15 years. The event’s welcomed comedians and performers such as Nate Bargatze, Tony Bennett, Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Carr, Ronnie Chieng, Eric Church, Stephen Colbert, Sheryl Crow, Jim Gaffigan, Grace Gaustad, Ricky Gervais, Nikki Glaser, Whoopi Goldberg, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Donnell Rawlings, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano and Robin Williams.

Stand Up For Heroes 2021

November 8, 2021 | Alice Tully Hall, 
Lincoln Center, New York, NY 

Our highest priorities are supporting our veterans and their families and bringing you an unforgettable and safe live event. In 2021, we did both.

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Veteran Spotlights

Learn about some of the amazing veterans who’ve joined us at Stand Up for Heroes over the years.

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Major Pete Way & Anne Way
U.S. Army, Retired Pete Way grew up in Savannah, Georgia where his father was a minister and his mother a teacher. He has two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree… Read More
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Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Israel Del Toro
U.S. Air Force, Retired Israel “DT” Del Toro is from Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. While on duty in Afghanistan, DT received combat injuries… Read More
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Corporal Kionte Storey
U.S. Marine Corps, Retired Originally from Stockton, California, Corporal Kionte Storey inspires those around him every day. Kionte was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while leading a foot… Read More
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Sergeant Kirstie Ennis
U.S. Marine Corps, Retired Kirstie is an adaptive adventure athlete, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, Doctorate student, Marine Corps Veteran, and founder of The Kirstie Ennis Foundation. Kirstie served as a door… Read More

Press Room

Keep up with the latest news from past and upcoming Stand Up For Heroes events.

Press Room
16th Annual Stand Up for Heroes, Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, Returns to Kick Off the 2022 NYCF
Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH), New York’s highly anticipated night of hope, healing and laughter, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), returns.
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Veteran Shares Journey at Stand Up for Heroes
A Purple Heart recipient shared his journey and inspired fellow veterans at Stand Up for Heroes 2021 with his powerful message about facing unexpected challenges. Source: ABC News, posted 11/11/2021.… Read More
In the Press
‘Stand Up For Heroes’ kicks off New York Comedy Festival
NEW YORK (WABC) — It’s billed as a “night of hope, healing and laughter,” as Monday marks the 13th time we’ve all been asked to Stand Up For Heroes. And… Read More
Press Release
The New York Comedy Festival and Bob Woodruff Foundation Present The 13th Annual Stand Up for Heroes
Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH)— New York’s most anticipated night of hope, healing and laughter—returns for its 13th annual celebration to honor our nation’s impacted veterans and their families, on… Read More
In the Press
Stand Up for Heroes 2018:
The 8 Best Things We Saw After a dozen years, the annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit has settled into a steady rhythm that consistently makes it one of the… Read More
In the Press
Live Review: The 12th Annual Stand Up For Heroes With Bruce Springsteen, Eric Church, Seth Meyers, Jon Stewart
The 12th Annual Stand Up For HeroesThe Hulu Theater at Madison Square GardenFeaturing Jimmy Carr, Eric Church, Seth Meyers, Jim Gaffigan, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Special GuestsNovember 5, 2018… Read More
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Musical Guest Collective Soul, Comedians Dave Attell, Donnell Rawlings and Jeff Ross to Headline First Ever ‘Stand Up for Heroes: Bay Area’
Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH)— one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter— is slated to make its West Coast debut in San Francisco on Thursday,… Read More
Press Release
Stand Up For Heroes celebrates its 10th anniversary with Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and other surprise guests to perform
Few events have created more of a lasting impact on the lives of our nation’s injured veterans and their families than Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH), returning for its 10th… Read More

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