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All For The East End donates $50,000 raised

All For The East End, an organization that held a successful fundraising concert for not-for-profit groups on the North and South Forks over the summer, has given $50,000 to the Long Island Community Foundation to distribute to those organizations.

And, AFTEE officials say, they expect additional money to come in once they hold a special auction of three guitars. Two were signed by performers at the group's successful Aug. 19 concert -- its first in Riverhead -- and the third was signed by Nile Rodgers, who hosted the concert, and by Sting.

Concert officials said it was unusual for a first-time event such as their concert at Martha Clara Vineyards to make money, and they are giving the funds to the Syosset-based Long Island Community Foundation to distribute.

The Long Island Community Foundation -- which has granted more than $145 million to not-for-profit organizations since it was formed in 1978 -- is developing guidelines and application procedures to give out grants for AFTEE, and expects to be distributing funds by the end of March.

David Okhorn, director of Long Island Community Foundation, said it was unusual for large fundraising concerts to turn a profit in their first few years.

"It's amazing that they put together such an enormous event in such a short period of time," he said.

The AFTEE concert drew about 5,000 people to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead for its Nile Rodgers Dance Party, and the group is negotiating with the vineyard to host another concert next year.

There were 1,000 tickets priced at $50, with general admission tickets for $149 and VIP tickets at $300 each. Bridgehampton National Bank was a prime sponsor of the event, donating $50,000.

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