Black Eyed Peas hold concert for Robin Hood foundation

Black Eyed Peas hold concert for Robin Hood foundation

Updated: Oct 3, 2011 02:43 PM EDT
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By Dan Meade
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On Friday The Black Eyed Peas held their Concert 4 NYC in New York's Central Park to benefit the Robin Hood foundation.

Originally scheduled to be held in June, the concert was pushed back due to extreme weather conditions -- a delay that left will.i.am "sad beyond words." This night however, there was nothing to disrupt the massive stage, lighting rigs and other sensory overloading-set pieces that the Peas brought to the park.

Lasers, lights, DJs and even dancers in retro robot costumes filled the stage during songs such as "Rock That Body" as will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap performed. Keeping in tune with the reason for the concert, those in attendance were encouraged to donate to Robin Hood via text message by sending the text message GIVENYC to 50555.

The Robin Hood foundation is a public charity targeting poverty in New York City by funding and partnering with the best and most effective programs. This includes supporting food pantries, homeless shelters and health clinics. As part of the partnership with The Black Eyed Peas, Robin Hood will fund the opening of three Peapod Academies in New York City over the coming years, which will support disadvantaged youth in New York City by providing music and artistic education, such as music engineering and mixing and video editing, among other opportunities.

"We are extremely honored to bring this concert to the people of New York and to help benefit New Yorkers in need," said Gordon Smith of Chase Card Services, whose company was the presenting sponsor of the event. "We are a New York-based bank and feel a deep responsibility to help the community.  On behalf of our 220,000 employees around the world -- including 25,000 in New York City -- we would like to thank Robin Hood for the extraordinary work they do; thanks to New York City and the Parks Department for allowing this magical event to take place and to The Black Eyed Peas for being a force for positive change in our city." 

For more information on the concert, and to donate, you can visit http://www.robinhood.org/

Dan Meade is the Entertainment editor for WorldNow. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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