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Lin-Manuel Miranda inspires Oprah to make big donation to Puerto Rico

April 09, 2019 - 1:11 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Oprah Winfrey is donating $2 million to help rebuild Puerto Rico in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

The Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund, which are each getting $1 million from Winfrey, say the money would go to support long-term needs, with the rest devoted to arts and culture programs.

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Oprah says she was inspired by the efforts of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who took his hit musical “Hamilton” to the island in January, the New York Post reported.

“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.

“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 continued.

Puerto Rico continues to suffer from the aftermath of the hurricane, which killed around 3,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

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