Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has awarded a $250,000 grant to help the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Fiona.
The emergency grant, made possible in part due to the fundraising efforts from Sunday’s Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, is being given to the Hispanic Federation.
Puerto Rico continues to grapple with power outages, water shortages and other issues in the aftermath of the hurricane. The island is also still recovering from 2017’s catastrophic Hurricane Maria as well as a series of earthquakes that struck in 2019.
“We are proud, on behalf of Broadway and the extended theater community, to quickly take action in ways that not only supplement the loss of resources in Puerto Rico but provide some solace to our community members here in New York that help is on the way,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
“I am always enthused to be a part of the fundraising efforts at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and seeing that participation translate into immediate assistance for Puerto Rico reminds me of the necessity of that work,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “The two storms remind us that Puerto Rico is in a state of increasing vulnerability. Solving its energy crisis, the effects of climate change and continued migration off the island are essential priorities for both the citizens of this island and the nation of which it is a part.”