Avengers cast raises $500,000 for Puerto Rico relief efforts

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Nov 8, 2017, 6:21 PM EST (Updated)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which caused catastrophic damage to the island of Puerto Rico, several Avengers cast members decided to assemble and take advantage of their proximity to one another -- by putting on a play for charity.

Last month, it was reported that Scarlett Johansson would organize a staged reading of the Thornton Wilder play Our Town at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (where the newest Avengers film is currently in production) to raise money for Puerto Rico relief via the Hurricane Maria Community Relief and Recovery Fund.

On Monday evening, Johansson and several of her MCU co-stars, including Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Evans, as well as Frank Grillo and Maximiliano Hernandez, presented the play for benefit attendees, which was directed by Kenny Leon. Johansson organized the event in tandem with the John Gore Organization, which sold over 3,500 tickets and raised $500,000, and expressed her gratitude to the community in attendance.

“We are all deeply touched by the outpouring of generosity and support from the local community,” Johansson said in a statement. “We knew we could count on you, Atlanta!”

Maria Fund coordinator Xiomara Caro also issued a statement regarding the event: "We are deeply grateful to Scarlett Johansson, Kenny Leon and everyone involved in the production of this play for stepping up and contributing their talent to help towards the equitable and just rebuilding of Puerto Rico. This event demonstrates the importance of collective solidarity and responsibility and how powerful it is when we come together to help our communities."

All proceeds from the event will go to the Maria Fund, which supports recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and rebuilding funds for low-income housing.

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