Bristal Assisted Living of Long Island is donating $25,000 worth of tickets towards comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s benefit performance to be held later this month at the NYCB Theater in Westbury.
All proceeds from the Dec. 19 event will go to aid those providing relief to the victims of superstorm Sandy and many of those hard hit by the storm’s devastation, according to event organizers.
The donated tickets will be transfered to the Office of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and several of Long Island’s hard hit south shore townships for distribution to first responders and many of those who have lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy. These include the Towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Babylon and the City of Long Beach.
Mangano stated in a release, “This is an incredibly generous act by the Bristal and I know I speak on behalf of the many that will benefit from this offer that the laughs will be mixed with tears. We invite other corporations seeking to help restore our sense of humor to follow Bristal's lead and help fill the house.”
Seinfeld, along with Colin Quinn, will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the show, in addition to previously-sold-out performances at the Walt Whitman Theater in Brooklyn and at the St. George Theater in Staten Island to local relief organizations.
“I grew up on Long Island, and New York City is home,” said Seinfeld in a release. “This is a tough time for this area, and we're just glad to be able to help in the recovery.”
Mangano expressed gratitude to Seinfeld and his Quinn for their efforts.
"It is in the tradition of other great comedians such as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby who traveled to the furthest battlefields of World War II to bring laughter to those Americans who faced a bleak future," said Mangano.
Jan Burman, president of Bristal Assisted Living Communities said his organization is honored to ensure that many of those who have borne the brunt of this storm will get seats up front and personal at a concert where all proceeds are going to local charities.
“Long Islanders who have been on the front line of not one but two major storms could use a good laugh right about now and no one does it better than Long Island’s favorite comedic son, Jerry Seinfeld," said Burman, in a release.
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