Sunday is the day of the big fundraiser in Patchogue Village to help ship locally collected relief supplies to earthquake victims in Ecuador.
The event kicks off at 3 p.m. at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and runs until 6 p.m.
The cost is $5 at the door. Local restaurants are donating over a dozen trays of free food for the event. Beer and wine— also being donated — will be $5 a glass.
Local singer-songwriter Jack Licitra will be emceeing.
Ecuador was struck by 7.8-level earthquake on April 16 and hundreds of aftershocks that have left 660 people dead, 4,600 injured and 48 people still missing, according to news reports.
“The short-term goal is fundraising and relief efforts with what happened in Ecuador,” Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy said earlier this week. “But we do see a longstanding organization that will form a partnership with Ecuador, given Patchogue has the second-largest Ecuadorian population in New York State, behind Corona, Queens.”
The new local group, Patchogue for Ecuador, is made up of members of the chamber’s Hispanic business leaders, the Greater Patchogue Foundation’s cultural heritage committee, as well as Patchogue Village employees and the Fundacion Lucero de America, founded in the memory of slain Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero.
The Fundacion Lucero de America collected more than a tractor trailer’s worth of baby formula, bottled water, medical supplies and canned goods last Sunday in the Patchogue Village Hall parking lot.
This second event was organized in order to raise money to ship all those supplies to Ecuador.
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