All For The East End (AFTEE) and concert founding-sponsor Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) presented checks to the Long Island Community Foundation, AFTEE East End Fund and to WPPB radio on Tuesday, December 3.
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 in August at Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead. This sell out event had the goal of raising funds and awareness for the not-for-profit community in the five East End, towns. Nile Rodgers and Chic along with special guests AVICII and Adam Lambert performed at the event.
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. An additional $5,000 was given 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, as well as 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, AFTEE Executive Board Member. That auction will take place early 2014.
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, and 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,” said 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.”