Oprah Winfrey has donated $2 million to 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, the Office for Coastal Management reports.
Earlier this year, the media mogul attended a presentation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on the island and decided to offer financial assistance. “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 to O, The Oprah Magazine.
“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.”
On Monday, the Flamboyan Arts Fund and Hispanic Federation announced they both received a $1 million donation from Winfrey.
According to Oprahmag.com, the Flamboyan Arts Fund, founded in partnership with Miranda, is expected to have raised $15 million for artists in Puerto Rico. The Hispanic Federation has raised $30 million toward rebuilding efforts.
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