Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor and Councilman Tony Martinez recently presented three individuals involved with the Long Island Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief with Certificates of Appreciation for their efforts. The concert, held on October 8 at Overlook Beach, raised $10,000 for the victims of recent weather events in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the ceremony, a check was presented to the American Red Cross by the Babylon Fire Chiefs Association, who raised the funds for the event. Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma, Town Clear Carol Quirk, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Frank Bachety and Parks and Recreation Deputy Commissioner Celeste Kusmierski were also in attendance.
The Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Johnie Epirnal of the Masonic Lodge 793, Jack Spiller of Jumpin’ Jack Stereo and Joe Scollo of Full House Music. Epirnal and his Lodge provided volunteers for the event, assisting with security, cash collection, traffic and cleanup. Spiller donated all the audio equipment needed for the event and its multiple performers. Scollo helped assemble the talented lineup of musicians thanks to his years of experience as part of the Long Island music scene.
The collaborative effort by those involved resulted in a successful day of music, dancing and family fun, despite the uncooperative weather early in the day.
Pictured from left to right: (Back) Rich Schaffer; Tom Donnelly; Johnie Epirnal; Joe Scollo; Jack Spiller; Celeste Kusmierski. (Front) Pete McArdle, Secretary, Babylon Fire Chiefs Association; James Harrington, President, Babylon Fire Chiefs Association; Neele Mukherjee Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island; William MacChione, Board Member, American Red Cross on Long Island; Marian Conway, PHD, Board Member, American Red Cross on Long Island; Tony Martinez; Corinne DiSomma; Carol Quirk; Frank Bachety.