Broadway Cares has awarded a $250,000 emergency grant to the Hispanic Federation on behalf of the entire Broadway community. The funds will go to support on-the-ground efforts for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, providing essential supplies and services to the communities most affected by the storm.
The move follows damage from Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall in Puerto Rico September 18. Flooding, falling more than 30 inches of rain, affected Puerto Rico's power grid, leaving much of the island without power.
“We are proud, on behalf of Broadway and the extended theatre 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,” says Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola in a statement.
The grant was made possible thanks to the fundraising at September 25's Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. The Broadway non-profit has distributed $17.1 million in grants so far in 2022.
"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," shares Hamilton Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose family is from Puerto Rico and deeply tied to the island. "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."