Eight over Eighty Honorees Celebrate Passion Behind Lengthy Careers

Some prominent New Yorkers proved that age is nothing but a number Monday night in Manhattan.

The 3rd annual annual Eight over Eighty gala recognized a group of people who are still doing remarkable work in their 80s.

The honorees included entertainers Harry Belafonte and Chita Rivera, and Caroll Spinney, the man who brings Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life on "Sesame Street".

"Just being on it is wonderful, I have never done a character like him before and Jim Henson drew him and interpreted him into a puppet and I did Big Bird also from the same day on, 47 years ago," Spinney said.

The event also raised funds for the New Jewish Home on the Upper West Side.

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