Oprah Winfrey Commits $2 Million to Puerto Rico After Being Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda
By Scott Baumgartner
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Oprah Winfrey is doing her part to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria.
On Monday, the Hispanic Federation and Flamboyant Arts Fund announced that the media mogul has committed $2 million to the relief effort. It is a two-part donation that aims to take the rebuilding a step further following the storm in 2017. Although half is donated to the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico, the other half is devoted to sustaining and supporting the arts on the island through the Flamboyant Arts Fund.
And it turns out that is was Lin-Manuel Miranda's devotion to his roots that inspired Winfrey to make the generous donation.
"I was so moved by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s commitment to bring Hamilton to Puerto Rico and support the community that served him growing up that I wanted to join in the revitalization efforts of an island so rich in culture, beauty and heritage," Winfrey shared in a statement.
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"The needs of Puerto Rico and our fellow American citizens following the tragic hurricanes are still very real, and the work that has already been done by the Hispanic Federation, Flamboyan Arts Fund and other organizations on and off the island is long from over," she added.
After Hamilton became a Broadway smash, including 11 Tony wins, Miranda mounted a 23-performance of his musical in San Juan earlier this year. The production raised $15 million to support locals art and artists on the Caribbean Island.
When Hurricane Maria hit in the fall of 2017, an estimated 3,000 people were killed throughout the U.S. territory. Additionally, countless homes and facilities were damaged and the island went without power or drinking water for months.