Princes Of The City

In the grim, uncertain weeks following Sept. 11, some New Yorkers wondered when they would ever have cause to party again. At the Robin Hood Foundation, executive director David Saltzman and his board organized both the party and the cause. The Oct. 20 Concert for New York City brought together an A list of performers that ran from Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger to Melissa Etheridge. In ticket sales alone, the televised concert generated $14 million; pledges from viewers are still being calculated.

Few other philanthropic groups could have organized such an event so fast with confidence that the proceeds would...

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