SIR Rod Stewart performed an exclusive gig at a fundraising event for the Celtic FC Foundation. 

The foundation hosted its fourth in-person New York Gala Dinner in Manhattan on Wednesday night, raising a total of around $500,000. 

Hoops-daft Stewart and his band put on a "sensational" 40-minute set, performing classics including You're In My Heart, Grace, and It's A Heartache. 

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The event also featured a Q&A with former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan. 

The funds raised at the event will allow the foundation to continue its work in the city for another year, as well as support existing project delivery in Glasgow and Ireland. 

In January, the Celtic FC Foundation launched Paradise Pit Stop, which has seen the doors of Celtic Park open every Monday and Thursday night from 5pm to 7pm to provide a "safe warm and non-judgemental environment" with a free warm meal and selection of hot and soft drinks for anyone who needs it. 

Over 800 people have benefitted from the project so far.

Michael Nicholson, Celtic’s chief executive and Foundation Trustee, said: "The work of Celtic FC Foundation is an integral part of our club’s past, present and future, and the fantastic support displayed at the Gala Dinner in New York on Wednesday evening was inspirational.

"I am delighted to see that important initiatives in New York, Scotland and Ireland will benefit as a result of the incredible generosity shown and that so many vulnerable children, young people and adults will receive vital support.

"We are all proud of our club’s charitable heritage and are grateful to the team at Celtic FC Foundation for continuing to build on Brother Walfrid’s legacy.

"We thank all those who have supported the event for their ongoing commitment to this great cause, including Sir Rod Stewart, Gordon Strachan, Paul Geaney and the other members of the Gala Dinner Committee."

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Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation chief executive, added: "As always, none of this would have happened without the incredible efforts of our Gala Dinner Committee and the Foundation team for the part they all played.

"Every member has worked tirelessly over the last 12 months to deliver our 2023 Gala.

"Sincere thanks also to the many Celtic supporters’ clubs we engage with in the United States and, of course, thanks to Rod and Gordon for giving up their time travel to New York, and entertaining us in such magnificent surroundings.

"Guests turned out in great numbers, as they always do, to support our efforts at the New York Gala and, thanks to their outstanding generosity, we can now push ahead with our plans to help more people in our communities at home and also in Ireland and New York in the year ahead."

The New York Gala Dinner, which was held at Ciprinani's 25 Broadway, was attended by around 400 guests including businesses, individuals and representatives from local Celtic Supporters' Clubs in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Dallas and Dubai.