Celebrities Salute Columbia and NYP Workers on the Front Lines of COVID-19
New York celebrities are leading the charge to recognize Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian health workers and staff who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert (whose father, James, graduated from Columbia's medical school in 1945), actress Kerry Washington, and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda are among dozens of Hollywood and Broadway stars using their social media platforms and the hashtag #thankyoufrontline to express their gratitude.
The campaign, which began April 13, not only salutes our health care providers but also the maintenance teams, food service professionals, EMS workers, and others who have responded to the pandemic.
Many celebrities and their fans also are making donations to Columbia University Irving Medical Center and its partner NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In the first 24 hours, the campaign reached over two million social media users across the globe and yielded nearly 200 donations ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
Other celebrities who have participated in this campaign include Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Gilbert Gottfried, Andy Cohen, Idina Menzel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Lupita Nyong’o, Cynthia Nixon, Zac Posen, Marisa Tomei, Allison Pierce, and Josh Groban.
Michael J. Pitman, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, brought the campaign to fruition.
“People across the world, but particularly here in New York City, are looking for ways to express their gratitude to everyone working to help COVID-19 patients,” Pitman said. “I’m happy to do anything I can to help my colleagues across CUIMC and NYP feel that their tireless work is noticed and appreciated.”