Metallica Donate $100,000 Toward California Wildfire Relief
Via the band's prolific charitable foundation, Metallica have donated $100,000 to assist in relief efforts arising from the 2019 California wildfire season. The pledge comes by way of Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation, the group's community-driven philanthropic arm launched in 2017.
The California-based rockers' contribution includes support for both Northern and Southern California fire aid with half of the pledged amount going to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and the remainder benefitting the California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund. Over the last two weeks, fires that raged in the Golden State displaced many residents and consumed thousands of acres, The New York Times reported. See Metallica's message of support accompanying the donations down toward the bottom of this post.
"Sadly, for the third year in a row, communities we have called home throughout the state of California are again experiencing the tragedy left in the wake of wildfires," the band said in a statement Monday (Nov. 4).
The message continued with Metallica's pledge for support. "The All Within My Hands Foundation would like to lend support to those affected in both Northern and Southern California by donating $100,000 to assist in relief; $50,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund — created by the Community Foundation Sonoma County - and $50,000 to the Wildfire Relief Fund — created by the California Community Foundation."
This isn't the first time Metallica have donated toward wildfire relief efforts in their home state. One year ago, the outfit similarly bequeathed a $50,000 donation each to two entities assisting in relief.
Apart from aid in the California wildfire relief efforts, the All Within My Hands Foundation also administers Metallica's annual Day of Service, where the act urges fans to help out at local food banks. Last year, the band's inaugural Day of Service helped the SF-Marin Food Bank with a $5,000 donation.
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