Concert near Westbury raises money for typhoon victims

December 13, 2013 by  

Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda, impacted the lives of almost 15 million people in the Philippines this past November. On December 7, a concert held Landmark on Port Washington’s Main Street, near Westbury, raised more than $25,000 to help relief efforts working in the Philippines.

The concert was put together by Myrna Rossen and Maya McCormack, two sisters who immigrated from the Phillippines. They have family still living there, in Luzon, north of the area affected by the typhoon.

Myrna’s son, Benjamin, played piano during the performance. Although only 11-years-old, he has also performed at Carnegie Hall. Other notable performers at the concert included Benjamin’s fellow piano player Martin Soderberg, violinist Chie Yoshinaka, and mezzo soprano Elena Diaz-Acosta.

Local musicians and performers opened the show, including singers Jenna Cohen and Sydney Ronis. Two members of the Port Washington jazz-fusion group, Esoteric Jive Clan, also performed. The concert organizers could consider hiring stationery printers to print certificates thanking the musicians for their contributions.

Maya’s husband, Aidan McCormack, acted as the master of ceremonies for the concert and serves on the board of the American Red Cross Long Island. He formed the Yolanda Benefit Relief Planning Committee with several other volunteers. The organizers were able to get donations from major foundations such as the Foundation, The Peter and Jeri Dejana Family Foundation, and DLA Piper. The Schreiber Key Club helped during the concert by selling refreshments and leading ticket holders to their seats.