The donation will not only help in providing material relief to the affected, but will also facilitate arts and cultural programs on the island.
When it comes to rising as a hero, Oprah Winfrey has been known to do it in style and with numbers. Reportedly, Oprah Winfrey has donated $2 million to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Her donations are not only going to help the hurricane-stricken country get material relief, but also support arts and cultural programs after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc in 2017.
The healer & provider, a black woman! Oprah Winfrey donated $2 million toward disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, ravaged the island and left an estimated $90 billion in damages. https://t.co/xRnz9VbvM3— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) 9 April 2019
Daily Mail reports that the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund released a statement on Monday regarding their plans. The organization said that that one half of the donation, i.e. $1 million, would go to towards the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to support long-term needs after Maria.
The second half of Oprah's donation will be going to the Flamboyan Arts Fund, created by the Flamboyan Foundation. The fund is reportedly dedicated to fostering the island's rich heritage of arts, culture and creative development. Oprah, considered to be one of the most influential media moguls in the US, said she was inspired by the efforts of musical theater creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Oprah Winfrey is opening her wallet on behalf of Puerto Rico to the tune of $2 million, inspired by the artistic efforts of Lin-Manuel Miranda to help the U.S. territory that is still struggling to recover from the 2017 hurricane season. https://t.co/W18B9nifCV— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) 9 April 2019
Theatre fans would know that Miranda took his hit stage show 'Hamilton' to the island for a limited, 23-performance run in January.
"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 said in a statement.
Oprah Winfrey says she was inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's commitment to Puerto Rico. https://t.co/VIAGB7WURa— HuffPost (@HuffPost) 9 April 2019
With the help of Miranda and his run in Broadway musical 'Hamilton', the Flamboyan Arts Fund has raised an estimated $15million for Puerto Rican artists and art institutions.
Reports suggest that the award-winning actor sponsored 23 performances of his Tony award-winning musical in Puerto Rico earlier in the year, where he even reprised his role as Alexander Hamilton for the first time since leaving the original cast of the esteemed Broadway show in 2016.
Oprah Winfrey, Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Commits $2 Million to Puerto Rico Relief Efforts https://t.co/4wQoiZvZ7M— People (@people) 8 April 2019
The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program, meanwhile, has taken action in helping coordinate hundreds of donation drives on the U.S. mainland and distributing millions of pounds of food and water.
Winfrey said in her statement: "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."
Along with Oprah and Miranda, other celebrities who have taken action in helping relief efforts in Puerto Rico include stars like Bethenny Frankel, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, as well as Marc Anthony.
Puerto Rico's electric grid need to be rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Maria. But what does a new electrical grid look like in 2019? Join us tomorrow for a hearing on PREPA & the future of electricity in Puerto Rico. #ListenToPuertoRico https://t.co/zqKeerMXc0 pic.twitter.com/iJcqJj3e2T— Natural Resources (@NRDems) 8 April 2019
Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria 19 months after the Category 4 storm struck the US territory in September 2017, killing some 3,000 people.
The hurricane caused an estimated $100billion in damage to homes and infrastructure and left much of the island without drinking water or electricity for months.