Fort Greene Raises More Than $7K For Hurricane Sandy Victims

Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn benefit last week brought together hundreds of residents for disaster relief.

Brooklyn does love Brooklyn, it turns out.

At an event at Irondale Center last week, over 500 attendees from 20 performance arts organizations came together to raise $7,150 for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn, a benefit hosted by Laurie Cumbo and Ralph McDaniels and sponsored by Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, was one of many locally based efforts to help out those hit hardest by the historic storm.

At Pratt Institute's Higgins Hall, graduate students from the school's urban planning department like Kyle Kozar gathered donations and drove them to Far Rockaway.

Across the neighborhood, organizers like Gineen Finch commandeered a space at The Chocolate Factory for clothes, food and other goods for Sandy victims.

As much as Fort Greene has chipped in to help, there's much more to be done before the worst affected parts of the city return to anything resembling normal.

For a list of places to give a little bit of your time and money, check out Patch's Sandy volunteering guide.

Laurie Angela Cumbo November 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn Benefit held on November 13th at Irondale was a great success. Of all of the events I have organized in my lifetime, I am most proud of this one because it really brought the community together in all of its diversity! Over twenty arts organizations performed and our elected officials and community leaders attended including State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman-Elect Walter Mosley, Council Member Letitia James, District Leader Renee Collymore and Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson of the 88th Precinct. We successfully raised $7,150 in one night and donations are still coming in on-line. We hope that when the program in broadcasted on BCAT that additional donations will come in and we will keep you posted on our progress. Resources will be distributed to the Red Hook Initiative and Reaching Out Community Services in Coney Island in the amount of $3,575 each and we will send all additional resources as they become available. People were very touched and the program finished with a beautiful prayer by Rev. Carmen Mason-Browne of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church where everyone in the audience held hands and recognized the love in each and every one of us! It was beautiful!
Joe Gonzalez November 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Dear Laurie Cumbo: Thank you for your fundraising efforts. Now I will ask YOU to give the donors and the larger Community a full written explanation on The Patch.com and other Blogs describing WHO got the money and WHERE it went! We the people need answers to satisfy our concern that the collected funds are well spent. We have seen this movie before and in it some collected relief money doesn't get to those folks most deserving. Please provide the Community with clear and specific responses to this question.
Laurie Angela Cumbo November 20, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Dearest Joe, Please read my full post. It describes exactly who is receiving the money and exactly how much each group will receive! I am going to Coney Island today to issue Reaching Out Community Services their check along with ten boxes of non perishable goods! Thank you for your concern! We need you out here to protect the interest of the community! Laurie
dkholland November 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I was at Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn. It was kismet. A real Brooklyn moment. And by the way Greene Hill Food Co-op has been giving lots of food and baby product donations since the storm hit to Occupy Sandy which is being hosted by St Lukes and St Matthews at 520 Clinton. The Co-op's first donation included 40 cartons of organic hens eggs which allowed them to start a 2nd kitchen on Flatbush. They are continuing to work with volunteers to make hot food for victims until the crisis subsides in case others want to pitch in (so many are helping, but more is always welcome and needed).


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