Songs of Hope Gala Fetes Established Veterans, Rising Stars While Welcoming Back ‘RWQuarantunes’

More than $780,000 was raised during the virtual event which featured appearances by emcee Jimmy Jam, Clive Davis, Todd Philips, Duran Duran, Rob Thomas and spinmaster DJ Cassidy.

Live events are back in a big way from coast to coast but that doesn’t mean virtual gatherings are a thing of the past — nor is the pandemic phenomenon RWQuarantunes.

WME partner Richard Weitz and daughter Demi Weitz revived their virtual fundraising series on Thursday night in partnership with City of Hope for the org’s 16th annual Songs of Hope gala presented by Facebook. Proving there’s still an audience for these things, the gala raised more than $780,000 backed by an honorees lineup that featured Brandi Carlile, Smokey Robinson, rising music stars (and real-life couple) Gracie Abrams and Blake Slatkin, Oscar winner Hildur Guðnadóttir and the late Pop Smoke, Daniel Nigro and City of Hope’s Loretta Erhunmwunsee.

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