Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler and More Stars Help Raise Over $150K for Friends of Firefighters

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The virtual fireside chat celebrated the work of firefighters amid the pandemic, and featured some of Buscemi's former co-stars and famous pals such as Adam Sandler, David Spade and Judd Apatow.

Steve Buscemi hosted a virtual fireside chat on Tuesday in support of Friends of Firefighters, which offers essential programs and services to help active and retired firefighters and their families support, prioritize and clearly communicate their physical and mental health needs during stressful times.

The chat celebrated the work of firefighters amid the pandemic, and featured some of Buscemi's former co-stars and famous pals such as Judd Apatow, Julie Bowen, Dan Bulla, Tim Herlihy, Kevin James, Colin Quinn, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jackie Sandler, Rob Schneider and Kenan Thompson.

Nancy Carbone, executive director for Friends of Firefighters, shared at the top of the event how the organization was launched shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 to address the severe need for counseling for firefighters, active or retired. Now 19 years later and amid a pandemic, Carbone stressed how "grueling" the situation has been for firefighters and hoped the evening's event would help aid them.

Sandler reflected on his time working on 2007's I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, in which he and costar Kevin James play two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters who pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits. Sandler noted how it was a pleasure getting to work alongside real firefighters for his role, and how anytime he walks around New York City, he enjoys stopping by local fire stations to greet firefighters. "They have just the greatest energy," he shared on the chat.

Viewers were able to interact with the stars throughout the live stream, where they discussed their films and answered donor questions. Donors also had a chance to win items introduced by the guests by donating to the campaign.

Friends of Firefighters is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides free, independent, and confidential mental health counseling, peer support, and wellness services to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their family members. To learn more about the essential programs and services they offer the FDNY community, visit FriendsofFirefighters.org.