Nearly five years after Sandy devastated Coney Island and the surrounding area, local non-profit groups, politicians, and businesses are making a local effort to fundraise for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Chaim Deutsch stood together with other members of City Council and non-profit groups at City Hall on Thursday, while local sports teams and key businesses in the area unveiled their own fundraising plans on Friday in an announcement through the Alliance Coney Island.
“Unfortunately, here in New York, we are all too familiar with the kind of damage and destruction that Mother Nature can cause,” Treyger said while encouraging those in the community to contribute. “Yet we also know the capacity for kindness and generosity that our fellow Americans showed our city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.”
Deutsch, an incumbent who is facing a primary competition against challenger Marat Filler later this month, echoed Treyger’s sentiments.
“New Yorkers were there for each other after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy,” he said. “Let’s all come together again to help our fellow Americans recover from Hurricane Harvey by donating money, sending a care package, or conveying a message of moral support.”
Non-profit groups were well-represented at the City Hall event. Groups ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Rebuilding Together NYC threw their support behind the cause — particularly in light of the local community’s ongoing recover from Sandy.
“As a community impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we urge members in the affected communities to assist and support one another to the extent that they are able,” said the Southern Brooklyn Community Organizations Active in Disaster.
Among the local sports teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones will donate 100 percent of the sale of $15 tickets that are purchased with the code “RELIEF” and the New York Cosmos are donating 50 percent of all $10 end line seats for the next four home matches. Applebee’s Bar and Grill in Coney Island, the Coney Island Brewery, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Luna Park, Nathan’s Famous, Paul’s Daughter, and Totonno’s will all pitch in through their own respective fundraising efforts.
“From experience, we understand people want to help Houston but might not know how,” said Alexandra Silversmith of the Alliance for Coney Island. “By simply visiting Coney Island and making a purchase at a Coney Island business, we are enabling anyone to help give back to Houston.”