06/13/14 11:00am
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The first annual All for the East End dance party netted more than $70,000 in donations last year. (Carrie Miller file photo)

The first annual All for the East End dance party netted more than $70,000 in donations last year. (Carrie Miller file photo)

Ten non-profit organizations in Riverhead, Southold and Shelter Island are on the receiving end of $25,000 in grant money courtesy of The Long Island Community Foundation and All For the East End (AFTEE) Fund’s Building Stronger Neighborhood Program, funds which were raised after AFTEE hosted a concert at Martha Clara Vineyards last year which netted a total of $70,000. (more…)

12/04/13 7:00am
12/04/2013 7:00 AM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Swedish DJ sensation Avicii at the All for the East End dance party at Martha Clara Vineyards in August.

The first annual All for the East End dance party netted more than $70,000 in donations, event organizers announced Tuesday, more than three months after the charity concert brought thousands to Riverhead.

The funds will used to ensure the benefit concert happens against next year in addition to its mission of supporting nonprofit groups across the East End.

AFTEE’s Nile Rodgers Dance Party was held Aug.19. at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead, featuring Nile Rodgers and Chic along with AVICII and Adam Lambert.

Event organizers said approximately $50,000 in proceeds will be going directly into the AFTEE East End Fund and nonprofit organizations from the five East End townships can apply to receive grants from the fund.

The fund will be administrated by the Long Island Community Foundation, a nonprofit that works as a philanthropic advisory service, said Claudia Pilato, executive committee member of AFTEE.

WPPB Radio, the nonprofit that founded AFTEE, also received $5,000, and a small amount of additional funding has been put aside to be used toward planning next year’s event, according to AFTEE officials.

Bridgehampton National Bank, an AFTEE representative and concert founding sponsor, presented checks to the Long Island Community Foundation, AFTEE East End Fund and to WPPB radio Tuesday morning, according to a press release.

Ms. Pilato said the LICF is looking to set up an advisory committee with one representative from each of the five townships, to help inform the foundation about the needs of the community.

“[The board would consist of] people who are not politically involved and not on the board of any nonprofit,” she said. “We’re looking for people who are interested and active, but don’t have a lot of outside influences.”

The LICF is currently working on putting an application process in place, and expects to begin accepting grant applications from East End nonprofits in the first quarter of 2014. Information on how to apply for grant funding will be made available on both the AFTEE and the LICF websites in the next 60 days, according to the AFTEE release.

Event organizers expect to raise additional funds in the coming months by auctioning off two guitars signed by concert performers. A third guitar, signed by both Roger Waters and Sting, will also be auctioned off in early 2014.

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12/04/12 5:53pm
12/04/2012 5:53 PM

GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | Christian Helck put the finishing touches on a new sign at Martha Clara Vineyards in August. A concert will be held there next summer to benefit local nonprofits.

A newly formed fund created to boost East End nonprofit organizations received a $15,000 grant to jump-start its efforts.

The Long Island Community Foundation, a Syosset-based group that advises and provides grants to nonprofits, provided the grant to create the fund’s organizational infrastructure. The grant will also provide seed money toward All For The East End, a music festival next summer at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead to benefit nonprofits.

The goal is for the fund to financially aid East End Community efforts specifically in five towns — Riverhead, Southold, Shelter Island, Southampton and East Hampton, according AFTEE executive director Mary Morgan.

Cofounders Myron Levine and Dr. Wally Smith came up with the idea for AFTEE. Mr. Levine serves as the new fund’s president. Dr. Smith is managing director and board president of WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting.

The two men have been talking about the need on the East End for about a year, Ms. Morgan said.

“Once they got the vision together, they moved very quickly” to lay the foundation for AFTEE and seek the seed money from the Long Island Community Foundation, she said.

The foundation started in 1978 as an offshoot of the New York Community Trust and has provided more than $130 million to nonprofits throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. But because the East End population is relatively small compared with the rest of Long Island, the founders of AFTEE saw a need for a special focus to help nonprofits here, Ms. Morgan said.

“This is wonderful news,” Mr. Levine said about the grant. “We are tremendously gratified that the Long Island Community Foundation believes in our mission and that we will become a significant new and creative source for funding and organizational support for all the East End not-for-profits, making it easier for them to concentrate on their own important missions, knowing we have their backs,” he said.

Mr. Smith thanked the Long Island Community Foundation for their support as they launched the new venture.

“WPPB’s board envisioned this unifying effort from our work as a community resource that serves all of our East End non-profits,” he said.

Dozens of sponsors have already signed up to support AFTEE.

“We are proud and excited to be part of this collaborative initiative organized by AFTEE to provide much needed awareness and funding to the nonprofit organizations serving Long Islands five East End towns,” said David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation. “The non-profit sector is not only a vital part of the Island’s economy, but also acts to enrich the health, well-being, and overall quality of life for all of our residents.”

The AFTEE board will be seeking guidance from the nonprofit community on the East End to inform their decisions about the needs here, Ms. Morgan said. With the help of the nonprofit community, AFTEE will be formulating a grant application to be used by organizations seeking support, she said.

Within a few weeks, AFTEE will be going out to the community seeking assistance from all businesses and professionals to support nonprofits in the area, Mr. Levine said.

“We all share an interest in protecting the singular quality of life and community that makes our five East End towns unlike any other place in the world,” Ms. Morgan said. “The excitement is growing as we approach businesses and individuals who want to participate in this new community effort.”

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