AFTEE Presents Checks to the LICF, AFTEE East End Fund and to WPPB Radio

AFTEE Check Presentation

Kevin O’Connor CEO of BNB presents a check to David Okorn of the LICF and Myron Levine, president of AFTEE presents a check to Wally Smith, GM of WPPB Radio. The checks are the proceeds of the inaugural concert held on August 19, 2013 at Martha Clara Vineyard.

PROCEEDS FROM FIRST AFTEE CONCERT, AUGUST 19, 2013 Southampton, NY (December 3, 2013)   All For The East End (AFTEE) and concert founding sponsor Bridgehampton National Bank(BNB) today presented checks to the Long Island Community Foundation, AFTEE East End Fund and to WPPB radio.  Kevin O’Connor, President and CEO of BNB, along with outgoing AFTEE president Myron Levine distributed proceeds from the AFTEE Presents Nile Rodgers Dance Party that was held this past summer on August 19, 2013 at the Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead.  This sell out event had the goal of raising funds and awareness for the Not for Profit Community of the five East End, Long Island towns.  Nile Rodgers and Chic along with special guests AVICII and Adam Lambert among others had the crowd dancing in the fields.

AFTEE organizers said the concert raised over $70,000 with approximately $50,000 going directly into the LICF fund to be used for  grant applications. $5,000 goes to WPPB Radio, as the founding non-profit organizing entity. A small amount of funding will be used towards planning next year’s event.   Additional funds are expected to be raised in the next few months from the auctioning of two guitars signed by the concert performers.  A third guitar, signed by both Roger Waters and Sting in additional to Nile Rodgers and his team, will also be part of the auction.  “We expect the guitars to contribute significantly to the fund,” said Jim During, an Aftee Executive Board Member.  That auction will take place in early 2014.

“I consider the AFTEE concert a tremendous success, said David Okorn, Director of the Long Island Community Foundation. Especially for a first time event.  It is unusual for an event of this size and complexity to make any money in year one. The fact that AFTEE was able to produce an event that brought the community together,  focused attention on the local non-profits, and at the same time seeded the fund …that is quite an accomplishment.”

The LICF expects to begin accepting grant applications from not-for-profits in the five east end towns in the first quarter of 2014.  Currently, the application process is being put in place, an advisory board with representation from each of the five east end towns, is being formed.  The information will be made available in the next 60 days on both the AFTEE and the LICF website.

AFTEE organizers have already begun planning for 2014.   “The success of projects like this are not possible without the generosity of sponsors,” commented Myron Levine. “ Our success today is directly attributable to  the leap of faith they took  on a brand new venture, and we thank them and hope they will join us again next year.”

In addition to Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB), the founding and presenting sponsor,  others included: Austin & Williams Advertising, Ben Krupinski Builders, Cablevision, Cook Maran & Associates, Dan’s Papers, Martha Clara Vineyards, Norsic and Sons, Pure Insurance, Sothebys, Tate’s, Tanger Outlets and Weber + Grahn as well as  the Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation, Peconic Bay Medical Foundation,  Riverhead Building Supply, the Long Island Community Foundation and  Southampton Hospital Foundation, the Suffolk Theater, Hamptons Event Management, Hamptons Creative Group,, CBS Interactive and media sponsors, WALK Radio, Long Island Radio Group and Hamptons Magazine.

ALL FOR THE EAST END is a 501(c)(3) non-profit establishment whose primary purpose is to raise awareness of the role not-for-profit organizations play in making the east end of Long Island one of the most desirable places to live in the world and to establish a fund of new money that they will have access to through a grant process.  The Long Island Community Foundation will manage and administer the disbursement of funds obtained through AFTEE’s efforts. There are over 1,075 registered 501(c)(3) organizations in the east end towns.