Lin-Manuel Miranda knows that immigrants get the job done, and that’s why the “Hamilton” creator is hoping to raise money for two organizations that he says “help strengthen the immigrant workforce.”
The 37-year-old star launched a new contest via the prize-based fundraising platform Prizeo this month, raffling a date with his parents to the premiere of “Hamilton” in San Francisco.
“Immigrants: it’s a loaded word today in 2017, but they’re consistently what made our country great,” he said in a video posted by the media site Attn: on Sunday. “Right now, Latinos are in the spotlight, but at every point in our nation’s history ... when immigrants succeed, we all succeed. We do the jobs no one else wants to do.”
As Miranda notes, Latinos make up a large percentage of immigrants in the United States. Around 47 percent of immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015 were Hispanic, according to Pew Research Center data.
Miranda, who is currently filming an upcoming “Mary Poppins” film in London, can’t make it to the opening night of “Hamilton” in San Francisco, so he’s having his parents step in to give the winner of the contest an unforgettable night.
“You’ll be going with my mom and dad — Luz and Luis!” he wrote on the Prizeo site. “They’re the best and they’re going to make sure you have an incredible time.”
The contest offers a winner and a friend round-trip tickets to San Francisco, accommodations, two tickets to the opening night of “Hamilton” and access to the afterparty with the cast. Fans must donate at least $10 on the Prizeo site to enter, and donations will go toward Code2040, an organization nurturing black and Latino talent in tech, and the Latino Community Foundation, which helps Latino-led philanthropic organizations.
The actor and composer has done several Prizeo campaigns in the past, raising funds for Planned Parenthood, the Hispanic Federation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.