In the last month, we have seen almost all businesses in the United States come to a halt as COVID-19 continues to spread. Many individuals have been left with no way to work and healthcare workers have seen longer days than ever. At this time, large donors in Hollywood have donated $500K each to the Los Angeles City Fund to help aid those in need during the Coronavirus fight.
On Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that major pillars in the community would be making personal donations to help aid the fight against Coronavirus. Disney’s Executive Chairman Bob Iger was among those making large donations, along with Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Ellen Bronfman Hauptman and Andrew Hauptman, Meg Whitman and Griffith Harsh, and Casey and Laura Wasserman.
These large donations mean that the Los Angeles City Fund is $3 million closer to the goal of $25 million. This goal is set so that the City of Los Angeles can help healthcare workers have childcare while they stay on the frontlines of this epidemic, give seniors meals, and help those in need to eat and pay their bills.
This announcement came just before Bob Iger and Bob Chapek announced that they would be cutting their salaries in order to help The Walt Disney Company survive this time of national crisis. Of course, the Disney parks have now been closed for two weeks but the company has also pushed back many movie premieres, as well as stopped films that were in production.