NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Northwell Health today announced the return of its annual “Side By Side: A Celebration of Service” festival – a two-day festival culminating in a benefit concert at UBS Arena by the songwriter -performer John, GRAMMY® Award winner and multi-platinum Legend on Sunday, May 29. The evening will also feature a special performance by singer-songwriter Jason Derulo. Northwell Health’s “Side By Side” festival kicks off the day before during New York’s Fleet Week on May 28 with a block party at Flatiron Plaza that will be hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro and feature special appearances by Questlove , Broadway stars, the Northwell Health Nurse Choir, and more.
As part of Memorial Day weekend and the return of New York’s Fleet Week, this year’s fourth annual event builds on Northwell’s commitment to celebrating and honoring the resilience of active duty service members, veterans and their families with a one-of-a-kind musical experience to thank our heroes for their service.
The exclusive performance at the new UBS Arena in Belmont Park – the $1.1 billion state-of-the-art arena that opened in November 2021 – will highlight some of Legend’s fan-favorite hits that made him the one of the most decorated artists of our time. His appearance on the music series Side By Side follows a recently announced residency in Las Vegas.
Prior to the benefit concert, Northwell Health will also be hosting a special Side By Side Block party on Saturday, May 28 at Flatiron Plaza in the heart of New York City. This day of service will celebrate the return and resilience of the city – and bring together serving military, veterans and their families with the general public for fun games, culinary experiences, surprise musical performances and more. The lineup will be open to the public and invite everyone to celebrate the sense of community that only Fleet Week and Memorial Day weekend in the Big Apple can bring.
“Memorial Day weekend is a time each year to reflect on the sacrifices so many Americans have made in our country’s history,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell. “We must never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy in this country or forget our heroes in the armed forces who will stop at nothing to protect those freedoms. We are honored to host ‘Side by Side: A Celebration of Service’ for these same reasons – to honor our military.
Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, first launched Side By Side: A Celebration of Service™ over Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Since its inception, Side By Side helped raise over $2 million to support Northwell Health Military Liaison Services which aims to redefine how those who have served are seen, treated, and cared for with medical and behavioral services, employment opportunities, and other assistance programs.
“We are thrilled to host this fun event with live audiences on the streets of New York and on the stage at UBS Arena with John Legend and Jason Derulo,” said Juan Serrano, Vice Chairman of the Army. of the health system. United States Navy Veteran and Liaison Services. “This is a two-day celebration of our nation’s military service members, but it also signifies Northwell’s commitment to our veterans for the other 363 days of the year. We will always stand by our heroes in uniform and their families.We owe them our full support and a debt of gratitude.
Since 2006, Northwell has served and supported active duty personnel, veterans and their families as a proud, military-friendly employer and provider of medical care and behavioral health treatment for those struggling with PTSD, while recruiting and assisting newly returned veterans. try to find a job and readapt to civilian life. Northwell hires hundreds of veterans a year, and over the past decade has also awarded approximately $1.8 million to employees who have been drafted and deployed overseas – funds that represent the difference between their military pay and the regular wages they would have earned in their employment at Northwell. In recognition of its efforts, Northwell is ranked the seventh largest nonprofit employer in the nation by veterans advocacy group “Military Friendly.”
To know more Side by Side: A Celebration of Service™ please visit SideBySideNYC.com.
Tickets for the Benefit Concert with John Legend will be available for purchase Friday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. For every ticket sold, 100% of the proceeds will go to fund Northwell Health’s military programs.
Additional details on the Side By Side Block Party will be released in May.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, 830 ambulatory care facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for more than two million people each year in the New York metropolitan area and beyond, thanks to the philanthropic support of our communities. Our 78,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,900 salaried physicians, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – strive to improve healthcare. We make breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We train the next generation of healthcare professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For more information about our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
About John Legend
Multi-platinum recording artist and activist John Legend has made history as the first African-American man to join the prestigious EGOT club. The winner of 12 GRAMMY awards has released his seventh studio album, A greater lovein 2020 and has completed its national campaign Visit greater than love in October. Legend is currently a judge on the Emmy nominated show, The voiceand director of Get Lifted Film Co. As an activist, Legend launched the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the conversation surrounding criminal justice policy and end mass incarceration.
About the UBS Arena
UBS Arena at Belmont Park is made for music and built for hockey. New York’s newest premier sports and entertainment venue and home of the New York Islanders is being developed in partnership with Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Jeff Wilpon. The state-of-the-art arena opened in November 2021 and has hosted top performers including Harry Styles, Sebastian Maniscalco, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Genesis and TWICE. The venue will host more than 150 major events annually, while providing an unrivaled live entertainment experience, including unobstructed sightlines and top-notch acoustics. In an effort to build a greener future, UBS Arena intends to be carbon neutral for its operations by 2024.
Located on the historic grounds of Belmont Park, UBS Arena is located seven miles from JFK International Airport and is accessible by car and rideshare at exits 26A, 26B, and 26D of the Cross Island Parkway. For customers using the Long Island Rail Road, UBS Arena will be accessible to eastbound and westbound travelers at LIRR Queens Village Station, eastbound travelers at the brand new Elmont-UBS Arena Station (accessible westbound at Fall 2022) and via the Belmont Spur station, operating out of Jamaica on event days. In addition to the Long Island Rail Road, the arena is also accessible via the MTA Q2 and Q110 bus routes and the Nassau County Inter-Express N6 bus service.
For more information, please visit UBSArena.com or @UBSArena on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.