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April 22, 2020


Dear Evan Hansen cast members, Jordan Fisher and Gabrielle Carrubba, and the award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, join Kennedy for a discussion on mental health during the COVID-19 crisis -- and a special musical performance!

[THURSDAY AT 8PM ON Twitter OR Facebook]

Watertown, MA — Tomorrow Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host Dear Evan Hansen cast members, Jordan Fisher and Gabrielle Carrubba, and the award-winning songwriting team behind Dear Evan Hansen, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, for a “Kennedy Evening Broadcast” at 8 PM.

Kennedy and guests will discuss the importance of championing access to mental health care during the COVID-19 era and offer important insights on how to cope with social isolation and quarantine while struggling with mental health. The cast and creators will also discuss the show’s long-time advocacy for mental health and their work to promote essential resources for those who need it.

The broadcast will also include a special musical performance.

Dear Evan Hansen has worked with nonprofits for prevention awareness for bullying and suicide, including The Child Mind Institute, The JED Foundation, Crisis Text Hotline, The Trevor Project, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. While the show (along with all of Broadway) is currently on pause due to COVID-19, the show’s not-for-profit partners are still a helpful resource for anyone struggling during this time. A video about the show’s impact on mental health can be found here.

The Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen is about our universal desire to connect, and what we’ll do in order to find that connection. The show is widely known and praised for furthering the discussion of mental health between families and in the mainstream media. It has won a variety of accolades including: the cast recording debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart (the highest debut of any cast album since 1961,) six Tony awards including Best New Musical, and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

In the wake of COVID-19 and the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home advisory, Kennedy is hosting these special broadcasts every Monday and Thursday night at 8 PM from his home in Newton. Each episode streams live on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, and features a special co-host.

Staying connected, even as we're apart

Kennedy, 39, is all over social media.” –– Fredreka Schouten, CNN

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Congressman Joe Kennedy III reoriented his campaign to focus on what matters most right now –– making sure people have the resources and information they need to stay safe.

Here are just a few ways Joe is stepping up:

Live Social Media Check-ins –– Kennedy is keeping in touch with people in his daily Facebook Live check-ins. These often include special appearances from Ellie and James keeping busy at home. Since March 14th, Kennedy has gone Live 50 times across social media platforms, including 9 multi-platform streams, and his live streams have reached over 10 million social feeds.

Real-time text updates –– Kennedy launched a real-time text service for people to stay updated on his efforts to keep people safe across the Commonwealth. Text JK3 to 44939 for your updates!

“Community Check-in Phone Banks” –– Kennedy for MA field organizers and volunteers are checking in with older residents. For those who need help with things like grocery runs and prescription refills, Team Kennedy puts them in touch with local food banks and resources offering services. Check out this awesome twitter thread from one of our organizers highlighting a success story!

Frontline Fundraising –– Kennedy continues to ask his supporters to donate to organizations helping people the most in need –– raising over $40K for organizations like Project Bread and Meals on Wheels. In Chelsea, where COVID-19 has hit the hardest in Massachusetts, Kennedy has raised over $10K for food and housing assistance. And to date, has raised over $15K for personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline workers across the country and state.

“Kennedy Evening Broadcasts” –– Kennedy hosts evening broadcasts from his home in Newton every Monday and Thursday night. These episodes include co-hosts from across the country, provide critical information on COVID-19, and discuss best practices for living life in quarantine. Kennedy has co-hosted evening broadcasts with NBC Sports Reporter Trenni Kusnierek, children's author Peter Reynolds, and celebrity chef Tiffani Faison, and others.

“Kennedy COVID-19 Frontline Reports” –– In Joe’s newest video series, he discusses what is happening on the front lines with doctors, nurses, first responders, and other essential personnel. His first video featured Rich MacKinnon, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM).

“Weekly Wednesday Q&A” –– In this time of deep uncertainty, Kennedy is hosting a Weekly Wednesday Q&A to take questions directly from supporters and the general public on Facebook Live. These Q&As take place every Wednesday evening at 8pm on the Kennedy for MA Facebook page.

Virtual Town Halls –– Prior to his evening broadcasts, Kennedy hosted a series of virtual town halls with special guests, including State Rep./ Dr. Jon Santiago, Jason Furman, José Andrés, and others. In the wake of the shelter-in-place advisory, the campaign announced that these virtual town halls would take new shape: real-time interaction between Joe and residents across the Commonwealth. Kennedy has scheduled eight regional virtual regional town halls, including one completely in Spanish. The first in the series was for Western Mass and was attended by nearly 100 participants.

Checking in with Spanish-speakers –– Kennedy is committed to bringing critical information to Spanish-speakers in regular Facebook Live videos and is providing Spanish language materials on his online response center.

Online Rapid Response Center / Virtual Campaign Office –– Immediately following the Governor’s state of emergency announcement, Kennedy created an online rapid response center as well as a virtual campaign office to keep people informed. These pages are updated daily with guidance from the Governor and the CDC, as well as updates on what is happening in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 22, 2020 in Press Releases.