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Reception To Put Spotlight on Nonprofits


Tuesday, December 2, is “National Giving Tuesday,” and All For The East End (AFTEE) will bring together the nonprofit community of the East End along with friends and supporters to focus attention on “giving local” as part of the national initiative.

The organization will hold an open wine reception and networking event at Dodds and Eder on Bridge Street in Sag Harbor from 5 to 7 p.m. At the event, AFTEE will highlight the East End Fund, which raises money to assist the nonprofit communality of the five East End towns, providing a new source of  funding for them. During the event,  checks will be presented to AFTEE by Bridgehampton National Bank, Dan’s Papers, The Babcock Foundation and Myron Levine, among others.

Last year, AFTEE made micro-grants of $2,500 to 20 different organizations in the five East End towns including the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Family Service League, Food Pantry Farm, I-Tri and Project Most in East Hampton; the Children’s Museum of the East End, Dominican Sisters Health Services, East End Hospice, Lucia’s Angels, and Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry in Southampton Town; and the Shelter Island Historical Society and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island.

All for the East End Adds Avicii to August 19 Dance Party Lineup

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Nile Rodgers announces Avicii will join the All for the East End dance party this August during a press conference last Thursday at the Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. 

By Tessa Raebeck


Swedish sensation Avicii will join legendary producer and musician Nile Rodgers in an event that Rodgers is calling the “greatest dance party the East End of Long Island has ever seen.”

Presented by Bridgehampton National Bank, the Nile Rodgers Dance Party is the inaugural event of All for the East End (AFTEE), an organization formed to raise funds for local not-for-profit organizations. The concert will be held on Monday, August 19 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead and will benefit a range of East End not-for-profits.

Rodgers has produced such chart-toppers as “Like a Virgin,” “We are Family” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” which is currently the number one song in 79 countries (and counting). Along with curating the event, Rodgers will also be performing with his band, CHIC (perhaps best known for their 1978 disco hit “Le Freak”).

“Dance music unites,” said Rodgers at a press conference announcing the lineup last Thursday, June 6, at Martha Clara Vineyard. “Dance music is happy and the Nile Rodgers Dance Party will bring all ages to the dance floor.”

One of the world’s premiere acts, Avicii is the name behind such hits as “Fade into Darkness” and “Silhouettes.” Rodgers asked Avicii — with whom he is currently working — to headline because he is “a really hot young superstar that represents the next generation. That represents the continuation of music on the next level,” he said.

Rodgers plans to announce “other stars” who will be joining the festivities over the next few weeks.

The dance party will benefit a number of local not-for-profit organizations. As testament to the event’s commitment to the East End, 25 percent of all tickets sold are reserved for locals at the heavily discounted price of $50. General admission tickets are $149.

“Everybody thinks of the East End as a wealthy community and an affluent place,” said Rodgers. “But not for everybody. So, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to put together an event that’s accessible by all.”

“To have folks grace the Town of Riverhead with the presence of doing something like this is just phenomenal,” added Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter.

AFTEE’s “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 organization said in a press release.

With over 1,075 registered not-for-profit organizations in the five East End towns — East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold — AFTEE plans to benefit a wide variety of local groups with proceeds from the show.

“What struck me is how difficult it is right now for not-for-profits to make it,” said Walter. “Many of them have failed. So, to have a group that has come together to create AFTEE is truly — you are truly doing God’s work here.”

“We are very excited about this inaugural concert,” said Myron Levine, AFTEE president and founder, in a press release issued at the event. “And we are very lucky to head out of the gate with such an amazing program produced by Nile Rodgers. We anticipate this will be the first annual AFTEE, Nile Rodgers Dance Party and the funds raised will help the not-for-profits here fulfill their missions.”

Organizers of AFTEE also note that Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) was quick to commit as the presenting sponsor of the event.

“It’s important to us,” said Kevin O’Connor, the BNB’s president, director and CEO. “We can give back so much for everything that we’ve gotten from this community. I’m excited to be part of it.”

Rodgers has been a visitor to the East End since 1978, when he received his first large paycheck (after producing nine hit singles) and “bought a speedboat.” He now spends time in the area “every single year when I get a little break in my schedule.”

AFTEE plans to sell 5,000 tickets to the Nile Rodgers Dance Party, including the 1,000 that have been set aside for locals.

“All my friends are out here,” said Rodgers. “You know it’s going to turn into a party. We’re going to have a bunch of people up on that stage. We’ll have some of the hottest DJs, some of the hottest acts. It’s going to be crazy.”

Rodgers and Avicii have been working on several new songs that the DJ may unveil at the event.

“Back in the day, we used to write songs and we would perform them live. And based on the response of the public, we would decide what songs we wanted to put on the record,” Rodgers explained. “The fact that Avicii and I are doing things like that now in today’s world — for me, it’s so cool. It’s like, ‘We get to try this out?’ That’s like the coolest thing in the world.”

VIP, general admission, and East Ender tickets are available online at www.AFTEE.org.

All for the East End Earns $15,000 Grant

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All For The East End (AFTEE), an organization created to support local not-for-profits in the five East End towns, announced this week it has received a $15,000 grant award from the Long Island Community Foundation in support of the infrastructure and management of its first large-scale fundraiser, a mult-talent music festival on August 19, 2013 at Martha Clara Vineyards.

“This is wonderful news” said Sag Harbor’s Myron Levine, president and co-founder of AFTEE.” 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.”

“We thank the Long Island Community Foundation for their important support as we launch this unique, new venture” said Wally Smith, managing director and board president for WPPB Peconic Public Broadcasting. “WPPB’s board envisioned this unifying effort from our work as a community resource that serves all of our East End non-profits.”

WPPB, based in Southampton, is AFTEE’s founding partner.

“We are proud and excited to be part of this collaborative initiative organized by AFTEE to provide much needed awareness and funding to the non-profit organizations serving Long Islands five East End towns,” said David O’Korn, 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. It is truly refreshing to see such a collaborative effort that brings together the non-profit and business communities for such a great cause.”

According to Levine, in coming weeks AFTEE officials will reach out to businesses throughout the East End in order to contonue to build support for the organization, which already has a number of sponsors including the Bridgehampton National Bank, which joins WPPB as a founding sponsor.