Boston Celebs Pop Up to Support the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Check out videos from Amy Poehler, Ken Casey, Julian Edelman and other boldfaced names supporting frontline workers.

Amy Poehler

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What do Amy Poehler, Julian Edelman, and Ken Casey have in common? They’ve all fired up their webcams to help with COVID-19 relief—and, mercifully, none of them preciously warbled lyrics from John Lennon’s “Imagine” to do it.

Although Patriots’ Day did not involve our beloved Boston Marathon this year, folks are still finding ways to commemorate the state holiday. Some are running 26.2 miles on a treadmill; others, like the aforementioned celebrities, are galvanizing support for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, an effort helping vulnerable populations—including frontline workers—reeling from the economic and public-health impact of the pandemic. To date, the fund has raised over $21 million to distribute to nonprofit organizations around the Bay State.

Today’s concerted campaign, dubbed #PatriotsDayofGiving in various social media channels, brought out recorded asks from entertainers, athletes, local politicos (including Mayor Marty Walsh) and power players from corporate communities (such as Marianne Harrison, president and CEO of John Hancock). Thankfully, these celebs didn’t showboat: Their videos, shared by WBZ and CBS Boston, are short, sweet, and in the right key. (Imagine! It’s easy, if you try.)

You can check out clips from a few of the more notable names below, and find even more on Twitter. And if you’ve been effectively inspired, head here to learn more about supporting the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund.