Source: The Independent

Local Non-Profits Get A Needed Friend

by Rick Murphy

October 10, 2012

An organization called All For The East End is forming with the goal of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars that will be earmarked for local not for profit organizations.

Toward that end, a daylong extravaganza – with surprise musical guests, is planned for next August at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

Jim Durning, is the digital media director for his brother-in-law, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, who has been on an ambitious world tour, leading to speculation Waters would perform. Not so fast, said Claudia Pilato, the VP Director of Marketing for Bridgehampton National Bank, the Presenting Sponsor for AFTEE. She said The Wall tour was an extravaganza that likely couldn’t be staged again next year. “We envision it in the spirit of the All For The Sea concerts, where there might be some performers from our neighborhood and maybe some other surprises.” The All For The Sea concerts, staged at Southampton College more than a decade ago, featured headliners like Paul Simon, who lives in Montauk, among others.

The Martha Clara event will be a multifaceted affair suitable for the whole family, Pilato promised.

“We’ve already raised $150,000. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to cover productions costs,” she added. Bridgehampton Bank, as the Presenting Sponsor, has committed $50,000.

AFTEE will review applicants to make sure certain criteria are met. “We want to be totally transparent. We have an advisory board that is not politically affiliated that will review all the grants,” Pilato said. “We want to make sure everyone has the same opportunity.”

Not-for-profits that tend to spend most of their money on staff likely won’t qualify. “We’ll look at the administrative percentage. We don’t want to give money to all the top people who are making $150,000,” Pilato added.

AFTEE’s founder and president, Myron Levine, said the event, penciled in for August 19, will feature three distinct events culminating with a “major” concert event in the evening. Nile Rodgers Productions will produce the show.

Durning said the performers will be announced in the spring.