Investing banking big Goldman Sachs has donated $100,000 to the Workforce Rubicon emergency response group via the most recent installment of the “Quarantunes” fundraising effort spearheaded by WME companion Richard Weitz and his daughter, Demi Weitz.
On Saturday, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon joined the invitation-only Quarantunes Zoom name to announce the donation. Because the day’s webcast ended after 4 and a half hour of performances and speak, donations handed the $450,000 level, together with Goldman Sachs’ preliminary contribution.
The sequence started final month as a modest effort by Weitz and his 17-year-old daughter to boost $10,000 via a Go Fund Me account to help front-line well being care staff amid the coronavirus outbreak. However the effort rapidly grew up in scope.
Richard Weitz has blended his pure love of music together with his business connections to e-book a sequence of Zoom calls that includes stripped-down performances from A-list musicians. The gatherings have grow to be a scorching ticket amid the extraordinary self-quarantine measures prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Saturday, performers on the decision included John Legend, Rob Thomas, Andra Day, Rick Springfield, Richard Marx, Rick Astley, John Parr, John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet and R&B veteran Jeffrey Osborne.
After Day carried out a solo model of her anthem “Rise Up,” Solomon made a private donation of one other $50,000 to Workforce Rubicon. “There’s not sufficient that we are able to do at the moment of disaster,” Solomon mentioned.
Clive Davis was available to introduce Thomas’ efficiency as he breezed via a medley of hits on an electrical keyboard.
The eclectic gathering swelled to greater than 700 contributors within the first hour. Solomon famous that a variety of Goldman Sachs purchasers had been invited to absorb the present.
Demi Weitz advised the group that the entire quantity raised via eight Zoom live performance calls so far had topped $1.25 million, earlier than Saturday’s extra $450,000.
“My coronary heart has by no means been so full in my life,” she advised the group. “It’s so necessary to offer again and do what we are able to in these actually, actually onerous instances.”