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Michael Jackson's Estate Donates $300,000 For Coronavirus Relief In New York And Nevada

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact different aspects of our lives this month. From businesses changing their operations to sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings being put on hold due to fear of the spread of the virus. Celebrities are now starting to pitch in financially for relief efforts and the latest to do so is the estate of Michael Jackson. They are donating $300,000 to communities which have been affected by the virus, according to Rolling Stone.

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The organizations receiving the donations are Broadway Cares, Nevada’s Three Square Food Bank and MusiCares.

“This virus strikes at the heart of the communities we are close to,” John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson, said in a statement. “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."

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The also acknowledged the city of Las Vegas, which has been shut down until mid-April due to the the rapid spread of the virus there as well. High-profile casinos such as the Wynn and Caesar's Palace have been shut down temporarily.

"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.”

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Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas will receive 300,000 meals to maintain their supplies. The donations given to MusiCares in the state will help support musicians as well. This organization recently launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund as well in order to help people in the music industry who have been affected by the virus such as events being canceled.

“MusiCares is very grateful for the outpouring of generosity we’ve seen from many in the music industry to grow the COVID-19 Relief Fund,” Steve Boom, MusiCares chair, said in a statement. “The challenges that our industry is facing right now are enormous. It is contributions such as these that will help our community survive in this unprecedented time of tremendous need.”

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In New York, donations have been sent to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Tom Viola, executive director Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, said in a statement, has also released a statement regarding the generation donation by Jackson's estate. He acknowledged how much it helps during these challenging times.

“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.”

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