November 20, 2013

Aid For Typhoon Victims

As the world sheds tears for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, communities and charitable organizations are joining forces to provide aid . . . and the East End is right there with a helping hand.

On Monday students at East Hampton High School raised hundreds of dollars with a bake sale.

This Friday East Hampton Indoor Tennis on Daniel's Hole Road in Wainscott will host a benefit from 7 to 9 PM for kids ($30) and on Saturday night from 7 to 9 PM for adults ($40). Admission includes food, drinks, prizes and match play. Call 631-537-8012. Proceeds from the weekend's events will go to the American Red Cross.

On Sunday Bay Street Theatre is the venue for Typhoon Relief for the Philippines, a fundraiser night of bands beginning at 7 PM.

"The Hamptons is a caring community. People are generous and want help," observed Legislator Jay Schneiderman, who will be co-hosting the event. "It's great that Bay Street has offered up the theatre for the concert. I think Tracy Mitchell has come to expect my phone call after every major tragedy. We held successful fundraising concerts for Japan and Haiti. I worked with LTV on the benefit for Super Storm Sandy relief. Bonnie Grice from PPB co-hosted all three concerts with me and has agreed to co-host the Philippines concert. Gary from Bay Street is in charge of music and has rounded up some great acts. We're fortunate to have so many talented and generous performers in our area."

So far a list of bands that have signed up to perform includes Lola, The Vandetas, Nancy Atlas, Inda Eaton, Hoodoo Loungers and Gene Casey.

"We are so pleased how everyone has volunteered to put this together quickly," said Mitchell, Executive Director for Bay Street Theatre. "Our producer Gary Hygom is always willing to book and coordinate all the bands, clear sets, and do whatever it takes to make these benefit evenings happen. And Jay Schneiderman is always on the phone to me immediately following any large disaster to see if we can work together and provide support from Suffolk County residents to people in need. It's nice to be able to help."

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Bay Street Theatre's Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Oldak at barbara@baystreet.org. The suggested donation is $25, though all amounts will be accepted and appreciated. All proceeds will be distributed to the Red Cross.


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