Mulcahy’s to Host Long Beach Benefit Concert

“Long Live Long Beach” gets set for biggest post-Sandy fundraiser to date.

Benoir & The Long Beach All Stars
Benoir & The Long Beach All Stars

"Long live Long Beach from the East to the West."

So goes the first chorus line in a newly scripted song, "Lord, I love This Town, 11561." Its author, Ben Metzger, a.k.a. “Benoir,” said the tune came to him after Hurricane Sandy and it celebrates all things Long Beach, from the city’s firefighters and police officers to the Polar Bear Club that hosts a massively-attended annual ocean splash each Super Bowl Sunday.

“I tried to shout out many slices of our community in the chorus,” Metzger said.  

Now Metzger will get to perform his tune at what may be the biggest fundraiser for post-Sandy Long Beach to date. Mulcahy’s in Wantagh will host the “Long Live Long Beach” benefit relief concert, from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The concert is one in a series of fundraiser events spearheaded by Metzger and Howie Appel, host of the radio show “Broadcasting on the Beach with Halftime Howie,” and their friend, Steve Vaccaro. The show airs every Wednesday, from 8 to 9 p.m. on AM 1240 WGBB, and Appel decided after the storm to turn it into a benefit to assist recovery efforts in the storm-ravaged beach town. Previous events were held at the VFW in Long Beach and Hub Billiards Club in Island Park.

Wednesday’s concerts features a variety of local acts, including Benoir & The Long Beach All Stars, Steel Horse, DJ Chef, Rebel Soul, and Golden Ax Attack. The cost is $25 per person at the door.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the concert will go directly to the City of Long Beach Relief Fund, Metzger said, while the remainder will go into a new account opened for Long Live Long Beach.  

“Howie, Steve and I will designate money towards specific local charities, families and individuals from there,” he said. “We will also use a small portion of funds to keep the show alive and any operating costs as we continue helping the community. For example the $700 it cost to rent Mulcahy’s, or if there aren't enough advertisers to pay off the $150 per show to broadcast.”

So far, “Long Live Long Beach” has donated money to the Long Beach Relief Fund, the Long Beach and Oceanside VFWs and other local organizations.  

“Last week during our show, a Long Beach musician named Ralph Palladino donated hundreds of brand new coats and many people from Long Beach, including many youths from the MLK Center, were able to get the new coats,” Appel said. “So we are doing everything we can to help out our Long Beach residents during this trying time.”

At Wednesday’s event, resident Liz Nachman will sell “Rebuild The Beach” t-shirts, all proceeds of which will go to recovery efforts at Long Beach schools.

For information about “Long Live Long Beach,” call 516-476-6271, or visit Appel’s Facebook page or him directly at halftimehowie33@aol.com, or visit these other fundraiser-related sites: www.musicnoir.com or www.longbeachmusic.org. Make checks payable to "Long Live Long Beach." 

* This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. on 12.18.12. 
Tideline December 19, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Eddie brings up a valid point. With all the Charity scams that have gone on, one must ask these types of questions or risk supporting profiteers. Not passing judgement, but not having filed the Form 990 does not make an entity look legit. While theri hearts may be in the right place, there is a right way to go about conducting a publicly advertised fund raiser. No need to hurl insults, as is commonly done on the Patch, just address the issues raised.
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Eddie, When I pointed out the 990 salary of a do-good "fundraiser" a few months back, I was called names, which is the standard mode for these people. Another item missed in this thread is the thought process of some people during this event. 3 days in Rich was thankful for getting ice to keep his food fresh. After 3 days nobody knew when (or if) we would get power back and some posters here thought the most prudent expenditure of their resources would be to distribute ice and keep their ricotta cheese from spoiling.
SurferBilly December 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Eddie, I dont disagree with your asking questions about this benefit, but I do with lumping Robin Hood in there. They do have a pretty good reputation. We should all be careful about where our dollars go, even well established charities can be dubious. This entire town has donated to a certain charity that benefits greatly from a certain polar bear event every year. I did, until I learned how top heavy that organization is. Would it trouble anyone if they learned their CEO made $400k in 2010? Ill take my chances with Robin Hood. Not a big Mulcahys fan anyway!
Eddie December 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Thanks, Surfer, Tide and Paul. I was the one who brought to light the $1,600 per day salary of the Make-a-Wish CEO. And he wasn't even jumping in the ocean in January. The truth ain't always pretty.
Benjamin Metzger December 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Dear Eddie and all.... We are all donating our time and energy to do what we can. As a resident and supporter of this town I've joined together to do something positive with Howie's show. We all have day jobs and are trying hard like everyone else to just survive. Our radio show has fed, clothed, entertained, and helped promote many local charities year round. We are three guys joining forces who are providing more than money, but pure love and kindness to our community. We pay taxes we do our best. When I responded to Joe Kellard's email after you raised concerns yesterday I did not know he'd literally copy and paste my reply. The information about Mulcahy's here was not intended to be public. Steve and I made a decision to hire professionals and rent sound/lighting/and door personnel and have sold advanced tickets with the other bands to cover that cost. We don't know if five people will even show up. We've taken a big risk and responsibility. We've had our only businesses meeting cancelled last week at which I would have addressed some of these issues but I was then sick for a week and my partners were unable to attend our only scheduled meeting. Had YOU have been a partner in this Eddie maybe it would all be much more organized and fit into a nice little box for you but we are doing this on the fly, in between day jobs and family commitments. Yes we intend on following through with our Mission to give funds to various charities and file whatever paperwork necessary so you can sleep better at night, my positive new friend. So far I've not only donated my time by delivering bags of ice, but by donating my self to our weekly radio shows by hosting, performing, and hiring bands to come play for free. At these events held at the VFW Post, the HUB and Guys and Dolls we collected donations, raised money and made people happy. We don't make a profit, but we do make donations and even work for free, call up the VFW post in Long Beach and Oceanside, or the MLK Center. Our name "Be Strong Beach" had to be changed due to a trademark conflict with another musician. That took up a whole day of planning. Instead of organizing a website, official press release and making a flyer we were on the phone w a lawyer dealing with the name of our fundraising activities which has been filed as a DBA. FYI. That came out of our pocket too. The costs we incur while running a weekly radio show while Howie is losing all of his regular sponsors is $150 per show. That wasn't really supposed to be public information either but if we have to drop our pants here and show you our underwear just to put on a positive event and give money, clothing, and other goods to people, then you can stare at our drawers all day and spend your days being a negative usurper of our efforts. I have better things to focus on today. The day of the event. Maybe you can help the city somehow Eddie. Let me know when you do! I'd like to thank the countless musicians, our radio personalities, and volunteers who have already donated their time and energy towards this event and all that have past. We can't afford to pay artists on our show, but we provide them with opportunities and help make Long Beach and our neighbors smile. Thanks to you Eddie you have brought up valid concerns and as I write you in my residence where the heat just went off again due to Sandy related problems, I can't wait to get through tonight's event and share with you testimonial from everyone we have and will help beyond the 3 pound bag of ice I delivered my friend 2 days after the storm. I love Long Beach and if I want to put on a concert with my friends and pay a club money and broadcast it on the radio in order to help this amazing city, which will Rebuild Stronger than Ever.... Then I will..... See you at the show!!! ;)
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Benjamin, Are you raising money this evening to "keep the show alive"? Are you raising those funds under the guise of providing relief for "post Sandy Long Beach"? Besides the $150 fee that you attempted to keep from the people "donating" to your cause, are there any other uses of the moneys being raised that people may feel are improper?
Benjamin Metzger December 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Paul. I'm quite busy preparing for the event. I wish i had more time to spend with you and all the concerned patch users. If you make it to the event tonight maybe around 11:30 i can have a personal conversation w you while DJ Chef entertains us. We will announce where and how the money will be used from our efforts as soon as we can!! 10% of all incoming money will go to the City Of Long Beach Relief Fund. Howie has already paid for the show budget out of his personal funds since its' inception. If we choose to help him keep the show alive w a portion of funds we will let you know. Just send me your phone or email. Thanks again for the interest in our Long Live Long Beach group. We are doing our best to serve this community. And a big thanks to Mulcahy's and the Patch for allowing us the opportunity to present so many incredible musicians and artists from the South Shore!
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Benjamin, I have 3 simple questions: --Did Mr Kellard misquote you above when the article stated " if there aren't enough advertisers to pay off the $150 per show to broadcast." --Are you in fact running a fundraiser entitled "String Beach Benefit Relief Concert" and funneling money to sustain the "Halftime Howie" radio show? --Is Mulcahy's aware of this arrangement and have they agreed to have their name associated with this highly irregular use of donated funds raised on their premises?
Tideline December 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
With all the top heavy charities and or scams that go on every single day like 12-12-12, Bono donating less than 1% of donations that come in to those who are supposed to get it, now the Polar Bears, The Red Cross the list goes on. Only on the Patch would someone who asks a fair question, given all the above, do those people regularly get attacked and accused of making things up. Sad. I will not be attending the Polar Bear this year, now that I know how that works. Does anyone even know if the Ocean is safe to go in given all the sewage that has been dumped in the Ocean ? Has the water even been tested ? Is it going to be before the City lets people in the water ? No harm in asking fair questions, if they can not be answered professionally and openly, then donate your money elsewhere.
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 02:11 PM
TL, Here is a link to STORET and MyWaters, The NY AVE location was last updated on 8/28 (Think it is a summertime thing), but if you poke around you may find a newer update http://iaspub.epa.gov/storpubl/storet_wme_pkg.Display_Station?p_org_id=21NYBCH&p_station_id=NY962496-03 and http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mwm/?layer=BEACH&feature=NY962496&extraLayers=303D,STORET,WBD
Rich December 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
it just goes to show that no matter how hard you try to do good, there are people that will find a problem with it...seems like this guy Paul can find a problem with a sunny day and a blow job!
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Rich, You don't have a problem with people going to attend this "benefit" believing the money is going to "String Beach Relief" and for the organizer to take their hard earned money and give it to the "Halftime Howie Show"? And now you realize you cannot refute with a rational argument so you resort to an inappropriate attempt at humor.
Charles Stein December 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Watch 10 people show up and this event costs them more than it gains. Most of these guys only play in Long Beach at bars with build in crowds. Guaranteed 50% of these guys are walking out with money in their pockets.
John December 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Paul, since you're so fond of asking questions and demanding answers, why don't you respond to the one posed to you? Beyond posting criticisms about anything and everything that everyone else has been doing, what EXACTLY have you been doing to help our city and its people recover from the storm?
Rich December 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Charles Stein...Genius at large! He obviously has it all figured out!
Rich December 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Paul, there is absolutely nothing inappropriate about a sunny day or a blow job!
Hamburger December 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
thanks Halftime Howie - you are radio gold!
johnhurley569 December 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
On my way to the show - looking forward to a great night with friends and music!!!
paul.d.spellman December 19, 2012 at 08:01 PM
John, People who know me would tell you what I have done to assist my neighbors and strangers through this ordeal. And unlike others who seem to have a PR team posting their achievements I prefer that my benefit those recipients and not my friends hobbies. One thing I will tell you is that I have not and will not organize a benefit that will be taking proceeds and distributing them causes that do not deserve them.
Patrick Smith December 19, 2012 at 09:41 PM
think the xmas tree guy might be behind bars
Rory December 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Eddie, the CEO of Make A Wish is not paid $1600 dollars a day. The polar bear event benefits Make A Wish of Metro New York one of the best run charity's in the area. They spend over 80 percent of the money they raise granting wishes to dying children. The President and CEO did jump in the water in February, she is a wonderful and caring person who has worked for the charity for a long time. What have you done lately?
Charles Stein December 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Benjamin is a drunk fool....excuse me...a delusional selfish drunk fool.
Tideline December 20, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Eddie, the $1,600/day salary is disgusting. It does not sound like someone who would accept that kind of money from a charity, is in that role to do charity. This reminds me of the Red Cross, they seem to be top heavy with full time paid employees. Do you have any information on that? It seems to me that instead of giving the Red Cross all that space on the Ground floor of the Ice Rink, that space should have gone to the Steven Siller Foundation, who continues to operate in the cold, on NY ave. That is an amazing organization, that is discouraged by nothing to include rain, cold, storms or anything else. They have done tremendous good for LB and are to be commended for their herculean efforts. They seem to be ALL volunteers as well. The Red Cross could have delivered food around town, they do that well, the heated indoor space should have gone to S.S. Foundation. Also, the Catholic School that made their parking lot available to S.S.F. is also to be commended.
Eddie December 20, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Rory, simply view any charity's IRS Form 990 on Guidestar.com. Most organizations list their CEO's salaries. While Make a Wish's president earned $400,000 last year, Make a Wish of New York's CEO earned $800 per day or only $100 per hour. If they paid me $800 per day, I'd jump in the water too. Keep sending your hard earned dollars. They obviously need them.
Trying to Make Sense December 20, 2012 at 08:37 AM
What has Eddie done lately? He posts thoughtful and intelligent commentary quite regularly on this site. Same for Paul. I sometimes disagree with their perspectives and suppositions but they always make me think about the pertinent issues facing this city. No Pr team following them, this, another good point made by Paul.. So many people in my neighborhood have done such extraordinary service for their less fortunate neighbors since Sandy... most of us will never know about it. At least as valuable as what the attention seeking cheerleaders do. So many LBers do stuff to improve the community without fanfare or engagement with organizations that have Patch or the Herald on autodial. Eddie/ Paul you raise a good point about how we must be wary in our charitable giving. Benjamin, thanks for your good work, but understand that the questions raised are fair and come with the territory of your very public efforts.
paul.d.spellman December 20, 2012 at 08:41 AM
The T2T foundation did an incredible job at the Catholic School and other tri-state locations. If you can donate, this is an organization to consider. They gave out boots, food, water, toys for the children, coats and so much more. They did make a difference. Here is their website https://www.tunneltotowersfoundation.org/index.aspx
paul.d.spellman December 20, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Or if you want to be a total rube, drive to Mulcahy's in Wantagh and give your $25 to the Ben & Howie Comedy Radio Show. The funny thing about that show is the joke is on the people who thought they were giving their hard earned money to a "post Sandy Relief Fund"
paul.d.spellman December 20, 2012 at 08:49 AM
Eddie, If you look at MakeAWish Metro NY and see the full compensation of the Pres & CEO, you will see it is closer to $250K, which equates to closer to just north of $1,000 per day. They also paid dues to the national organization of ~$225K supporting that $other 400K salary. Yes they do a lot of good granting wishes and salaried employees are necessary for any organization to function, if people would compare their revenues to similar sized private companies you cannot say they are not over compensated
Rory December 20, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Eddie: I did view the form, you were the person who stated "I was the one who brought to light the $1,600 per day salary of the Make-a-Wish CEO." Your math does not add up but that is besides the point. You make it seem as though these people are sitting around all day doing nothing. You have absolutely no clue, the CEO of the Metro chapter works 10-12 a hours a day and also puts in numerous time on the weekend attending fundraisers. Bottom line, "The Metro New York chapter has granted over 8,500 wishes since its founding in 1983. Based on the audit results of fiscal year 2010, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York spent 78% of its revenue on wish-granting and related program expenses. Only 10% was spent on administrative costs and 12% was allocated to fundraising." And yes I did copy that right from the website because it is a verifiable fact, unlike the nonsense you post. Believe me I will continue to donate my hard earned dollars because anything that can bring light and joy to a dying child's life is worth it.
Eddie December 20, 2012 at 08:59 AM
Paul and Making Sense, thanks for your replies and defense/understanding. Let every donor seek out the facts and decide himself if his donation is going to a good cause. I only asked the question. The "Long Live Long Beach Relief Fund" smelled (smelt?) fishy to me, so I researched. When I presented the public facts, the organizer called me names. Silly. If folks like the music, let them pay to listen. If a guy wants to support $400,000 per year executives of charities, let them donate. But a little research will show them charities where CEO's volunteer and don't take a dime. It's all public information. I was only passing it along. For the past month, I've distributed about $5,000,000 to the people of Breezy Point. The money was donated by an actress who can certainly afford the donation. Nobody working for her is taking a penny, and she is adamant that nobody knows her identity. There are different ways to donate, and your donation can have different value determined by whom you entrust its management. As George Washington said, "Look and Learn". Spend a few minutes to ask where you money is going.


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