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“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. 
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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