As we continue to push through against the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, celebrities from all over are doing what they can financially to help—and that now includes the late Michael Jackson. It has recently been announced that the King Of Pop’s estate has donated close to half a million for coronavirus relief efforts.
According to @RollingStone, the Michael Jackson Estate will donate $300,000 to help three organizations impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The three communities include Broadway Cares, Nevada’s Three Square Food Bank and MusiCares—each organization will receive a donation of $100,000. For the Three Square Food Bank, the Estate’s donation will go towards providing 300,000 meals to those in need and help to maintain Three Square Food Bank’s supplies—as they operate the largest food bank in southern Nevada. Elsewhere, the donation to MusiCares will support working musicians and help people in the music industry affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
John Branca and John McClain, Co-Executors of the Michael Jackson Estate had this to say regarding the donations:
“We learned today that the legendary Manu Dibango passed away from the virus. Other performers and support staff in music and on Broadway are sick or have been left without work and are facing an uncertain future. And in Las Vegas, which has been so welcoming to Michael Jackson, the entire city has been shut down leaving thousands of workers and their families devastated and without an income. Michael’s spirit of generosity and helping others during his lifetime is legendary. These donations are inspired by him.”
Additionally, Tom Viola, Executive Director Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS expressed his gratitude at the generosity:
“With every passing day that theaters remain dark, entertainment and performing arts professionals face unprecedented and immediate challenges. This incredibly generous donation from the Michael Jackson Estate will help ensure those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes get lifesaving health care, emergency financial assistance and counseling during and after this crisis.”
The Michael Jackson Estate is answering the challenge made by more than 20 Broadway producers who are matching up to $1 million in donations to double contributions to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
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