Audra McDonald Gives Back. Here’s Why.
After the post-Thanksgiving shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, which kicks off the season of charitable giving.
Audra McDonald, performer had this to say:
“In 2014, while preparing to open ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ on Broadway, I was looking for an opening-night gift that honored my colleagues and my character, Billie Holiday. Given that Billie was homeless for some of her childhood, abused, and forced to turn to prostitution as a teenager as a means of survival, I decided to make a donation to Covenant House, an agency for homeless and at-risk youth. I walked from the Circle in the Square Theater to the shelter to make a donation and was greeted by the guards. When a homeless boy arrived in need, they leapt into action, comforting him and making him feel safe. I was so moved that I became involved and joined the board a year later.”