Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that it will provide $155,000 in emergency grants for immediate, on-the-ground assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The funds will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and will go to 17 social service organizations based in Houston and across Texas and the Gulf Coast.
Grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to Brazos Valley Food Bank in Bryan, Central Texas Food Bank in Austin, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent in Victoria, Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, Galveston County Food Bank, Houston Food Bank, San Antonio Food Bank, and Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont.The Actors Fund will also receive a $50,000 grant for its emergency support efforts for hard-hit members of the entertainment industry in Texas and Louisiana.
Six of the Houston organizations are already part of Broadway Cares's National Grants Program and will receive additional emergency funding: AIDS Foundation Houston, Covenant House Texas, and Legacy Community Health will each receive an additional $10,000 grant; Brentwood Community Foundation, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, and Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social will each receive additional $5,000 grants.
BC/EFA also will give $10,000 to the the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, a Houston venue for many national tours, which has sustained serious flooding; and $5,000 to the SPCA of Texas for its work in Houston and with shelters and rescue organizations across the state to retrieve, save, and reunite individuals and families with their beloved companion animals.
"In the best and worst of times, the Broadway community — those onstage, offstage, and in the audience — are among the most generous people around," said Paul Libin, president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS board of trustees and executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters. "On behalf of the entire theater community, Broadway Cares is proud to quickly and responsibly assist those affected by these extraordinary events."
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