‘The Daily Show’ Finale Was Not Only Perfect, It Raised Millions Of Dollars For A Great Cause

Last night, Jon Stewart said farewell to Comedy Central and his Daily Show cohorts with the utmost wit and sincerity. In the process of his last show at the hosting helm, the 52-year-old was glorified by long-time friend, Stephen Colbert, gave quite the endearing rant about the nature of bullshit, and received a send-off of a lifetime courtesy of Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

As if all of that wasn’t perfect enough, it simply doesn’t doesn’t amount to how special the other thing Jon Stewart did in the process of his last day behind the desk at The Daily Show.

You see, through a fundraising partnership, the finale of The Daily Show was able to raise more than $2.2 million for a local New York autism charity. That’s flat-out amazing and deserves endless amounts of applause.

KTLA reports:

The ticket raffle Stewart announced back in April spurred entries from more than 47,000 people from 78 countries. Most of them made small donations — $10 or $20 each — but it added up to $2,235,520.

The raffle winner, Paul Dorasil, received two tickets to Thursday’s finale of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

As an added bonus, the winner sat down at the desk with Stewart for a promotional interview that was posted online by Omaze, the charity fundraising platform that supported the contest.

The donations will go to New York Collaborates for Autism.

Simply splendid.

And it seems the lucky contest winner had a great time sitting across the newsdesk from Stewart a few days prior for his very own one-on-one interview with the Comedy Central legend.

We’ll miss you, Jon. But dammit, you’ve never failed to make us very, very proud.
[via KTLA]