By Miles X. Logan
The legendary funkmeister Nile Rodgers will perform in Riverhead August 19 in an inaugural fundraiser for All For The East End.
Rodgers, a bassist, predicted the event "will be the greatest dance party the East End of Long Island has every seen. Dance Music unites, Dance Music is happy and the Nile Rodgers Dance Party will bring all ages to the dance floor." The young Swedish EDM DJ, Avicii, is also slated to appear.
Rodgers is the dance music genius who founded the band CHIC and recorded the smash hits "Dance Dance Dance," "Everybody Dance," "I Want Your Love," and "Le Freak (Aw Freak Out!)," among many others. He has produced major hits for the likes of Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Diana Ross.
AFTEE organizers have been working on the concert project for over a year. Bridgehampton National Bank, a 100 year-old community bank rooted on the East End, committed almost immediately as the presenting sponsor. Fundraising has been in full swing with over $200,000 raised so far. Other major sponsors include Austin & Williams Advertising, Ben Krupinski Builders, Cablevision, Dan's Papers, Martha Clara Vineyards, Norsic and Sons, Pure Insurance, Sotheby's, Tanger Outlets and Weber + Grahn. They are joined by the Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation, Cook Maran Associates, Peconic Bay Medical Foundation, Riverhead Building Supply, the Long Island Community Foundation and Southampton Hospital Foundation among others.
AFTEE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit establishment -- its primary purpose is to raise awareness of the role not-for-profit organizations play in making the East End of Long Island, one of the most desirable places to live in the world and to establish a fund of new money that they will have access to through a grant process.