Jon Stewart's Final Episode Raised More Than $2.2 Million for Autism
On Thursday night, the world watched as Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show,” took his post behind the anchor desk for the last time. The comedian left more than a mark on comedy history, though. With charity fundraising company Omaze, he helped raise more than $2.2 million for New York Collaborates With Autism (NYCA), Business Insider reported. NYCA is a nonprofit organization that creates programs to improve the lives of people with autism spectrum disorder.
Stewart reached the tremendous amount by giving fans the chance to win two tickets to his show’s final taping. To enter, a person had to donate $10 or more to the cause. More than 47,000 people entered, with an average donation of $45.50, according to BI. The winner, below, and his guest also got to meet Stewart.
— Omaze (@omaze) August 7, 2015
In February, Stewart hosted the sixth biennial “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” in New York City, an event that featured performances and sketches from comedians like Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Louis C.K. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $18 million for autism schools, programs and services, according to its website.
We’ll miss you, Jon. Thanks for doing some good.
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