Billy Joel Foundation donates $250,000 to Hurricane Ian Relief
Billy Joel is helping the those affected by Hurricane Ian with a healthy donation.
The Billy Joel Foundation has donated $250,000 towards Hurricane Ian relief, he announced this week. Hurricane Ian was the fifth strongest hurricane to hit Southwest Florida and Fort Myers.
Money from the Joel Foundation will help in a variety of ways. Some relief will be designated for areas including the maritime community especially hit hard: charter fishing and commerical fishing businesses, including shrimpers.
“Our family is moved to action by the catastrophic hurricane that wiped out an entire coastline in Lee County Florida,” Billy and his wife, Alexis shared in a joint statement. “Florida is our winter home and living through our own experience during Superstorm Sandy and the rebuilding needed in the ongoing years, our goal is to help those less fortunate. While we always put music education at the forefront of our agenda, we also help those during devastating times. We have partnered with The Lee County Community Cooperative to aid those that are suffering in the aftermath of this storm. We are grateful to them for their tireless work in the community.”
The Joel Foundation has made and pledged over $7 million in charitable donations with a focus on music education and humanitarian aid. In addition to supporting vital global relief effort
Joel is set to perform in Florida at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. on January 27. He will next perform at Madison Square Garden on November 24.