Karaoke Fundraiser Saturday at Vail-Leavitt to help hospice

03/09/2011 9:47 AM |

COURTESY PHOTO | Doug Wald and Mark Stark at last year's Sing East End event.

So you think you can sing?

You’ll have a chance to prove it Saturday — while also raising money for East End Hospice — at the Sing East End 2011 Open Karaoke Benefit at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall downtown.

For an entrance fee of $25 in advance or $30 at the door, you can sing your favorite karaoke song or watch your friends or colleagues perform on the stage at the historic music hall on Peconic Avenue.

“Doors open at 7 p.m, and singers can sign up from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the foot of the Vail-Leavitt stage, choosing from a catalog of over 100,000 songs,” said Doug Wald of Riverhead, the organizer of the event.

Deciding who gets to sing will be done on a first-come, first-served basis, he said.

This is the second year the benefit is being held, said Mr. Wald, who is hoping to make it an annual event.

He said he had several ideas in mind when he came up with the concept.

One was to help East End Hospice, a Westhampton Beach-based nonprofit that provides end-of-life care.

“My mom fell ill a number of years ago and Hospice cared for her and they were tremendous,” Mr. Wald said. “Not only for the medical care, but also for things like just coming to the house and doing some light cleaning or offering help shopping.”

Another reason?

“I was just sick of hearing people say there is nothing going on in Riverhead, so I wanted to have a unique event.”

Last year’s event drew about 170 people and about 40 singers, with close to $4,000 being raised for East End Hospice.

“We had people from ages 7 to 70 singing everything from ABBA to Zeppelin,” Mr. Wald said. “We had a lot of really great singers.”

The event is not a competition, so there are no prizes involved, although the top three finishers in this past weekend’s Riverhead Idol competition will have their entry fee waived, Mr. Wald said.

There also has been food and raffle prizes donated by about 50 local businesses, Mr. Wald said. Food for the event was donated by Jerry and the Mermaid, CK’s Deli, Signature Bagels, Digger O’Dell’s, Farm Country Kitchen, and Carlo’s, he said.

Mr. Wald, who is the director of Internet marketing for CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates), said he’s always been a big music fan but used to look down on karaoke singing until about five years ago, when his friend Mark Stark got him interested in it. “I do about 125 songs now,” Mr. Wald said, noting his experience singing Frank Zappa songs has even afforded him the opportunity to sing with live bands in New York City.

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  • North Shore Sun – Stop perpetuating the SWR Board and Admintration’s deceptive budget tactic, aka: SCHEME

    With a defeated budget the district is NOT FORCED onto a contingency budget. ONLY WITH TWO DEFEATED Budgets is a contingency budget forced upon the district.

    A defeated 1st budget means the residents want a budget that reflects the economic time and what the residents can support, (a spending increase no more than 2%, instead of the 3.5% that is being put before the voters in May). This tactic does not allow for residents to say, NO, DO BETTER. Put forth a second (reduced budget) budget and only then, if that fails, THEN the district is forced into contingency.

    A 3.5% spending increase, despite a decrease in enrollment, which has allowed for a reduction in 4 personnel positions is an absolute disgrace. It appears that board members who have a fidiciary responsibility are not taking into account what the residents are facing in their family budgets, ie., no raises, loss of jobs, health care premium increases, co-pay increases on health care, gas prices, heating, etc. in this tumultuous economic time.

    The residents need to be told the TRUTH. A defeated budget sends a message to those in charge that a leaner school budget is demanded. A second budget vote is required, not a threat of immediate contingency as is being perpetuated and then reported as the only alternative the district has.

    If the residents say NO to a 3.5% spending increase, the RESPONSIBLE thing to do is for the district to put up a second budget that has a reduction in spending, beginning with the Superintendent’s salary, which was left at 243,000. Aren’t we supposed to be getting a new Superintendent, which would bring forth a reduction in salary? Start there and reduce that line by $75,000. Just for starters.

  • Is there a SWR tax pac? I would like to work to inform the public of the wasteful spending on the part of the administration and help keep our taxes down.