Fundraisers help area back on its feet

November 18, 2012 by  

While life on Long Island has not entirely returned to normal yet, the spirits of cooperation and the holidays are visibly at work.

Fundraisers for hurricane relief have already taken place, with more to come. Quench Wine Shop in Patchogue and West Sayville’s American Cheese co-sponsored a wine and cheese evening recently. St. Joseph’s College canceled a previously scheduled fundraising gala to better focus on addressing the needs of students from its Patchogue and Brooklyn campuses affected by the storm. Alongside several corporate sponsors, the college has created the Hurricane Sandy Student Relief Fund.

Still to come, the ‘Music Rebuilds the House’ benefit to assist Kerry Kearney, an Island musician, and “neighbors” will take place on the evening of December 1 at the Congregational Church of Patchogue. The fundraiser will feature the Kerry Kearney Band, Miles to Dayton, and other musicians. A donation of $10 per person is suggested, though all are welcome regardless of ability to contribute. This benefit will cap the church’s 2nd annual Holiday Bazaar, open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm earlier that day.

The church bazaar is indicative of the determination of residents to carry on, wherever possible, with traditions both new and old. Poster and flyer printing continues in support of seasonal activities from the Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service at Patchogue’s Church of the Nazarene and the Chamber of Commerce Toys for Kids Drive, to The Nutcracker at the Theatre for Performing Arts and the Village’s 50th annual Christmas Parade.

If the essence of community is to help one another in difficulty, and celebrate together in shared good fortune, then Patchogue certainly embodies the ideal.