New Yorkers Rally to Raise Funds for Hurricane Sandy Victims

By DNAinfo Staff on November 4, 2012 2:49pm  | Updated on November 4, 2012 7:22pm

NEW YORK — As volunteers mobilize to reach the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, groups across the city are organizing benefits to raise money for victims of the devastating storm.

In Inwood, Uptown Cares held a telethon Sunday at CUNY in the Heights, 5030 Broadway, to support Staten Island residents.

The group, supported by community leaders and local elected officials, raised $166,960.

“The city comes through for hurricane victims," said Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Foundation. "Uptown, in the Hispanic community, we have a keen sense of giving in times of tragedy. This is an opportunity for Uptown to come together and to give for the city.”

Here are some other events planned around the city:

♦ City Winery, located at 155 Varick Street, will host "Comic Relief" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. All proceeds from the comedy show will go to the American Red Cross and Hudson River Park Trust.

♦ Freddy’s Bar, at 627 5th Ave. in Brooklyn, will donate half of all profits to a Hurricane Sandy Relief fund starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Bartender Mike Sternfeld will give all his tips to charity. Freddy's will also accept donations for blankets, candles, flashlights, batteries, water, packaged food, socks, pet food, towels, baby items, cleaning supplies, and tin foil.

Bread and Yoga, which holds courses at 20 Cumming Street, will host $15 benefit classes at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. and Wednesday, Nov. 7. The school will also host a benefit concert on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

♦ Seersucker Brooklyn, on 329 Smith Street, kicks off its "Eat Pork, Help New York" fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Roast pork sandwiches will be four for $10, and 100 percent of food proceeds will be contributed to the Red Hook Initiative

♦ Brooklyn Brewery is retooling the release party for its new beer, "There Will Be Black," for Hurricane Sandy relief, and is asking attendees to bring a $10 donation to the party. The shindig is set for 7 p.m. on Monday at its Williamsburg headquarters at 79 N. 11th St.

♦ The Queens Kickshaw, on 40-17 Broadway, in Astoria, is planning a fundraiser from 7:30 a.m to 1 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be live music. All profits will be donated to the American Red Cross.

♦ New York City Young Professionals will dedicate its Fall Mixer to Hurricane Sandy relief, which is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9. Proceeds from the networking event, taking place at the DL (95 Delancey St.) go to American Red Cross, and you can choose to donate additional funds when you purchase a ticket online.

With reporting from Jordan Davidson.

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