New Name, Same Great Service, St. Luke’s “Supporting HEARTS” Initiative Provides Meals for Central Florida’s Arts/Entertainment Community
Yanette Moyano, a member of the Supporting HEARTS Development Committee added, “The performers and technical professionals who support the shows are what make every encounter at our venues magical.” “We hope local residents, as well as people from around the world, remember how they felt watching live shows in Central Florida’s theme parks and entertainment venues and will join our mission to give back to the entertainment family who have given us so much through the years,” Moyano commented. Supporting HEARTS is appealing to the global community for help supporting performers, musicians, costumers, designers, characters, technicians, entertainment managers, and their families.
St. Luke’s values this community of artists and jumped into action offering back a little of the magic and hospitality they have offered to us as a city for decades,” noted Rev. Stiles Williams.
Andrea Canny, an Orlando performer reflected that “Many of us in the entertainment/gig business have lived, for years, paycheck to paycheck and without benefits, because art is our passion and our calling. But, none of us imagined we would one day rely on the kindness of strangers to provide us with healthy food to fill our refrigerators and stomachs. Though, that is exactly what the people behind St. Luke’s (Supporting HEARTS) food distribution have provided for us during this pandemic.” When prompted to describe what she thinks the initiative means to her fellow arts and entertainment colleagues, Canny added that “With our industry all but completely decimated, we are using what tiny savings and unemployment funds we have to keep a roof over our heads and the lights on, but this food is keeping us alive and fed.”
Canny summed up the experience when she said, “Forget the talk…the amazing people behind St. Luke’s (Supporting HEARTS) food distribution are walking the walk. So, I encourage anyone who has ever enjoyed a concert for free, enjoyed walking past beautiful artwork at a festival for free, or even had a good laugh at entertainers on YouTube for free…if you have the funds, please donate. Entertainers are always asked to perform or create for free…but now they need your help just to survive.”
To help provide food security for Central Florida’s arts and entertainment professionals, visit supportingheartsorlando.org and donate today.
About Supporting HEARTS – Supporting HEARTS is an outreach initiative through the non-profit St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Supporting HEARTS was established with the mission to help fund food and meals distributed to all of the incredible members of the Central Florida arts community who have made bringing joy and entertainment their life’s work. It is now our turn to play a part in bringing smiles to their faces.