New York’s

Big Sleep Out - December 7th

Times Square, USA

Top 15 Individual Fundraisers
1 Sharon Thorne $26,094
2 Mindy Grossman $8,310
3 Philip Thomas $6,520
4 Em Sendall $5,895
5 Lisa Kelly $2,152
6 Martyn Chapman $2,115
7 Francis Wong $2,100
8 Hayley Winter $2,025
9 Trish Shortell $1,775
10 Wade Bordick $1,372
11 Sosti Ropaitis $1,275
12 Bharat Nain $1,275
13 Rachel Sinensky $1,179
14 Jennifer Draper $1,143
15 Noah Rossen $1,111


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Top 15 Team Fundraisers
1 Sharon and Friends $31,989
2 Team Ascential $22,711
3 Team Nasdaq NYC $19,876
4 Unilever Team $13,391
5 WW Team Page $12,985
6 Marriott Team NYC $5,950
7 New York Times $5,250
8 Ascential Team Page $3,060
9 Team Caryl Fundraising Page $2,575
10 Team Hope $2,152
11 Hayley's World's Big Sleep Out Team $2,075
12 Abny Teampage $1,887
13 Un Office Of Partnerships Team Page $1,887
14 WPP Team Page $1,853
15 Arup NYC Team $1,508

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The New York event will be taking place in Times Square on the 7th December 2019. 100% of the funds raised from this event will go towards registered charities helping homeless and displaced people. 


The on-stage performances include a bedtime story read by Will Smith along with a very special set from James Matthew among others.


If you would like to get in touch regarding the New York event, please email us at [email protected] 


will support the local organisations in New York.


will go towards supporting people displaced internationally.

Local Charity Beneficiaries

  • Robin Hood Foundation

    Robin Hood is New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization. We provide 200 of the best nonprofits with financial, real estate, and management support. Each year, we reduce barriers to opportunities for nearly half a million New Yorkers. From keeping more than 200,000 New Yorkers from going hungry, to helping more than 10,000 of our neighbors secure jobs to helping nearly 11,000 remain stably housed and off the streets, Robin Hood is there for our neighbors.

  • Breaking Ground

    Breaking Ground believes that everyone deserves a home. As New York’s largest provider of street outreach and permanent supportive housing for chronically street homeless individuals, Breaking Ground’s programs and services touch the lives of more than 8,000 vulnerable New Yorkers each year.

  • Ali Forney Centre

    Founded in 2002, the mission of the Ali Forney Center (AFC) is to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness while providing them with the tools they need to rebuild their lives. AFC is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to housing and caring for homeless youth who are rejected by their families because of the LGBTQ identity. AFC leads a scattered site housing program throughout NYC providing emergency shelter and transitional living program. AFC also operates a 24 hour Drop In Program designed to help homeless young people rebuild their lives, recover from the traumas of homelessness and family rejection, and offers youth the tools they need to rebuild their lives. Each year AFC sees over 1,400 homeless young people, serving over 200,000 meals, and offering over 30,000 mental health, substance abuse, and case management services. AFC was founded in memory of Ali Forney, a homeless queer youth who was murdered on the streets of NYC in 1997.

  • Coalition for the Homeless

    The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.

    We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized, and in that time we have given more than one million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets. Our frontline programs currently serve more than 3,500 homeless and at-risk people a day.


    UNICEF USA is The World's Big Sleep Out's partner and all funds raised in the United States will be donated to UNICEF USA who will support us in distributing 50% of the funds raised to local charities helping people affected by homelessness in your town or city and distributing the other 50% to support children and families who are displaced internationally.


  • Event Location

    Times Square, New York

  • Event Open Times

    DOORS: Saturday December 7th, 6:00 PM (You must arrive at check-in before 8:00PM)


    END: Sunday December 8th, 6:00 AM

  • How do I get there?

    Times Square is serviced by a number of 24 hour subway stations

  • Who can attend?

    Only participants who have pre-registered and raised sponsorship may attend with the ticket issued in their name. Unfortunately, we will not be able to admit anyone without a ticket who hasn’t registered, and it is not possible for participants to bring guests with them.

  • When will I receive my ticket?

    You will receive your email ticket by 5th December 2019

  • Can I leave and re-enter the Sleep Out?


  • Will bags be checked?

    Yes – all bags and persons are subject to check upon arrival and throughout the event. Please refer to the complete prohibited items list below.

  • What is the arrival procedure?

    Ticket & ID check

    Bag Search 

    Wristband issued

    Directed to Duffy Square for live program.

    After the event head to your designated sleep zone where you will be given a sleeping bag.

  • What is provided on site?

    A sleeping bag and plastic protective sheet

    Port - o - potties will be available

    Warming stations

    EMS Services

    Overnight Security

  • What are the age restrictions?

    ·       The event is open to participants over 16 only

    ·       Those aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a guardian aged over 21

    ·       Those aged 18+ do not need to be accompanied

  • What if I need extra assistance to access?

    This event is ADA accessible and there will be accessible facilities on site

  • Why is alcohol not permitted?

    Alcohol is not permitted at the event for health and safety reasons. 

  • What happens to the sleeping bags after the event?

    Sleeping bags will be collected in the morning and donated to local charities.

    Please do not leave anything else behind after the event. We ask that you throw all your trash away in the bins provided and take all your belongings with you.

  • Is there somewhere for lost property?

    The event accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen property. Please report any found items to the nearest security guard or staff member. To inquire about missing items after the event, please reach out to [email protected]

  • What if it rains or the weather is bad?

    WBSO is an all-weather event and happens rain or shine. *

    * We will provide communication and guidance in the days leading up to the event should there be any severe weather conditions or other emergencies.

  • What is the event program?

    Full talent line-ups and stage times will not be announced pre-event. Once you arrive you will be directed to the concert viewing area where a live show will commence at 7pm. The live show will conclude at 10pm and then it’s time to go to sleep until morning.

  • Will there be a refund if the event is cancelled?

    No tickets will be refunded, and the proceeds will still go to the charity. We will endeavour to put on an alternative event within a reasonable timeframe.

  • Will there be a refund if any of the artists cancel?

    Tickets are for the event and not for one specific artist.

    The promoter will endeavour to present the line-up as advertised, but the line-up of artists cannot be guaranteed. Should one or more artists cancel, the event will go ahead as normal. Refunds will not be given in these circumstances.

  • How can I donate to WBSO?

    Head to and click donate in the top right corner

  • Is smoking allowed at the event?

    Smoking and/or vaping is not permitted at the event

  • What shall/can I bring with me?

    PLEASE NOTE: You will be issued with a brand-new sleeping bag and bivvy survival bag once you arrive at the event.

    There are a number of items you should bring to the WBSO event; however, we encourage you to only bring what is necessary.  There are a few essential items below that we must insist you bring, such as warm clothes and photo ID. without them, WBSO reserves the right to ask you to leave the event for your own safety.

    The following items are permitted:


    ·       Valid Government ID, this event is 16+

    ·       Warm, layered clothing including an outdoor coat – essential

    ·       Foam ground mat

    ·       Water Bottle

    ·       Easy to eat food & snack items (energy bars etc)

    ·       Hat, gloves, scarf

    ·       Umbrella

    ·       Any essential medication you will need while you are at the event


    The following items are NOT permitted at any of the World’s Big Sleep Out events:


    ·       Any guests under 16 years of age

    ·       Sleeping Bags (These are provided)

    ·       Tent/shelters or mattresses/inflatables

    ·       Coolers

    ·       Still camera equipment, drones, or audio video recording equipment

    ·       Weapons of any kind

    ·       Fireworks or explosives

    ·       Fires/BBQ’s

    ·       Illegal substances

    ·       Tobacco/smoking products of any kind (including e-cigs, vape, etc.)

    ·       Skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles

    ·       Chairs, lawn furniture or picnic blankets

    ·       Pets

    ·       Glass containers of any kind

    ·       Alcohol

    ·       Instruments

    ·       Amplified Music

    ·       Large backpacks or suitcases

    ·       Laser pointers

    ·       No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed