From the biggest stages to small town Ohio, Rita Moreno supports Ironton community

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Icon, actress, advocate and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno spent her Memorial Day weekend in the small town of Ironton, Ohio, visiting her friend, watching the famous Memorial Day parade and most importantly helping raise funds to support the youth and community of what she considers her ‘own little Puerto Rico’ in Ohio.

In the heart of the small town of Ironton, Ohio, where the longest-running Memorial Day parade in the nation proudly marches, stage and screen icon Rita Moreno graced the Bowman Auditorium on Ohio University’s Southern campus with her humor and heart. At 92 years young, Moreno, an EGOT winner, delighted the audience with her smart quips and anecdotes from her storied life, alongside her manager and longtime friend, Ironton native John Ferguson.

Although Moreno’s visit to Ironton was to visit Ferguson and see the famous Memorial Day parade, it was not only for leisure; it was also a heartfelt gesture of support for the local community. Upon Ferguson’s invitation, Moreno eagerly agreed to lend her voice free of charge to a fundraising event benefiting OHIO Southern’s Bobcat Academy, a summer camp for local children, and the Ironton Rotary nursing scholarships, which empower aspiring nurses from the region.

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