Lengthy Island Cares Serving to Struggling Leisure Trade Professionals With Music Containers Of Meals – CBS New York

WANTAGH, NY (CBSNewYork) – Concert venues and live theaters are still closed so local musicians and performers, stage workers and others in the industry are struggling.

On Tuesday there was help for these people in the form of much-needed food.

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Like Carolyn Gusoff from CBS2 before pandemic The Liverpool Shuffle booked 60 live gigs a year. COVID Turn them off for all but a few virtual concerts.

“It was just brutal and Long Island has been particularly hard hit. Long Island used to appear to be the center of the COVID universe, “said Joe Refano of the Liverpool Shuffle.

The first to close, the last to reopen, live musicians still have problems.

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Mulcahy’s in Wantagh has the dinner theater open, but many of their staff haven’t seen a paycheck in a year.

“Stage workers, lighting technicians, roadies, everything. Merch Sales, Managers … and they’re all unemployed, “said co-owner Tim Murray.

For her, Long Island takes care of it created an emergency response: Music Box of Meals. Several days of food, personal care products, even pet food.

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“We will make sure they have enough food for their families and they can use this program as often and for as long as they need,” said Dr. Jessica Rosati of Long Island Cares.

Boxes can be picked up from places that have had so many benefit concerts to help others.

“Coming and asking for help may be embarrassing for some. You don’t want to admit that you need it, ”said Michele Rizzo-Berg of the Patchogue Theater.

Virtual events have paid some bills, but Long Island Cares predicts long-term help will be needed.

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“This is the end of the line for many people in the entertainment and music business. No job and no feeling of hopelessness for more than 12 months, ”said Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares.

Long Island Cares, a natural partnership, was founded by the late, great Harry Chapin, who lived by the ideal of giving back.

“Music is in our roots and we want to make sure local artists and entertainers have the help they need,” said Rosati.

If you or someone you know in the industry needs assistance, you can call Long Island Cares at 631-582-FOOD. It will assess the need and direct you to one of the places where boxes can be picked up.

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Long Island Cares has so far fed an additional 270,000 people during the pandemic.