Help for Haiti 4/11/10

4/11/10 Haiti FundraiserHELP FOR HAITI: ISLAND TO ISLAND, HEART TO HEART Poster Flyer

Major Event with Award-Winning National and Regional Performing Artists Will Benefit Earthquake Victims in Haiti

All Proceeds to Fund Emergency Medical Efforts of Doctors Without Borders

Additional Food Collection for Long Island Cares

Participating Artists include Blues Master Toby Walker, Legendary Jazz Bassist Dick Kniss, Singer-Songwriters Patricia Shih, Martha Trachtenberg and Tom Griffith, ’50s & ’60s rock band Squeaky Clean, The Jumpers Swing Orchestra

Sunday, April 11, All Day, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY

Performances by national and regional artists will help raise funds to benefit earthquake victims in “Help for Haiti: Island to Island, Heart to Heart,” an all-day, all-ages event set for Sunday, April 11, at the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY. Organized by well-known singer-songwriter Patricia Shih, the event will feature a variety of performances including cabaret, folk, swing, jazz, blues, rock, classical, comedy and a drumming troupe. (See list below.) An evening dance will feature a rock and roll band and a swing orchestra.

Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended, as seating is limited. For tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 (payable by check or credit card). Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12, plus one non-perishable food item to be donated to Long Island Cares. Additional donations will also be accepted. Separate admission is required for each event: 2:00 family concert, 6:00 evening performances, and the 8:00 p.m. dance.

The event, a grassroots community project, will include a silent auction, refreshments for sale and artist merchandise table. For more information, call Linda Ray or Patrick Keeffe at 631-673-5577 or Patricia Shih at 631-549-2332. Or e-mail or

Proceeds will fund the medical work in Haiti of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, an international, independent humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, natural disasters, or exclusion from health care in nearly 60 countries.

Performers (line-up subject to change)

Afternoon concert for families

  • Dr. Planet science singer
  • Hip Pickles drumming troupe
  • Judy Pancoast singer-songwriter
  • Darren Sardelli funny poet, MC
  • Patricia Shih with singer-songwriter
  • Dick Kniss bassist
  • Mike Soloway singer-songwriter
  • Nancy Tucker funny songs

Evening concert for adults

  • John Platt MC, WFUV-FM DJ
  • Arlon Bennett singer-songwriter
  • Ray Korona singer-songwriter
  • Stuart & Hillary from Gathering Time singer-songwriter
  • Breanna and Kira Metcalf-Oshinsky teen singer-songwriters
  • The M Train teen sax and guitar players, jazz
  • Linda Ray’s Huntington Cabaret cabaret
  • Martha Trachtenberg and
  • Tom Griffith singer-songwriters
  • Toby Walker blues guitarist and singer
  • Judith Zweiman singer-songwriter
  • Rebecca and Andrew Perea classical duo

Nighttime dance

  • The Jumpers Orchestra swing band
  • Squeaky Clean ’50s and ’60s rock and roll

Shih, a Huntington resident, organized the event after reading the first-person reports from Haiti by physicians from Stanford University Hospital who were among the first to travel there and volunteer their services:

Their stories were so moving,. I wanted to do something and thought: I’m a musician, singer and songwriter. What I try to do with my music is to uplift, open hearts and minds, and build community. I wanted to raise some money; let’s see who will join me. I did an e-mail blast to friends and fans. Within 24 hours, I got an amazing response from 40 people. More than twenty of those are the artists who will perform at the event.

Shih said the key was getting the Cinema Arts Centre (CAC) as a venue. “Owners Vic Skolnick and Charlotte Sky always respond to humanitarian projects,” she said. The CAC, the region’s premier independent cinema, has a large-capacity movie theater where the artists will perform and a separate space for the family concert and nighttime dance.

4 Responses

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