Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Billy is my hero... I call him 'Saint Billy.' Because of his huge donation, we are on target to break ground next spring!

Music legend Billy Joel donated the proceeds from his birthday show in New York City to help build a local animal shelter.

The Piano Man played at Madison Square Garden 9 May (14), the day of his milestone 65th birthday, and it has now emerged he donated the gig's profits to charity.

The money was given to Beth Stern to help her build Bianca's Furry Friends, a facility at the North Shore Animal League America shelter in Port Washington, New York which will provide cage-free homes for cats and dogs.

Stern, who reveals the star has adopted two pet dogs, tells Social Life magazine, "Billy is my hero... I call him 'Saint Billy.' Because of his huge donation, we are on target to break ground next spring!"