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Spruce Street School to Host Fundraiser for Struggling Seaport Businesses

SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — While the Seaport continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Spruce Street School is hoping to bring some needed funds — and fun — into the neighborhood.

The elementary school’s PTA is hosting an evening fundraiser on April 18 that will feature live bands, food trucks and drinks, with all the proceeds going to an association of South Street Seaport merchants.

“We really wanted to give something back to the Seaport,” said Learan Kahanov, a Spruce Street parent and co-chair of the fundraiser, called The Spirit Project. “They have supported our school for years and now is our chance to help them.”

Since the Spruce Street School opened in 2010, Seaport restaurants and businesses have hosted Taste of the Seaport, an event that raised money for the PTA by offering tasty bites from favorite local eateries.

The Spirit Project will take place on Front Street, between Beekman and Fulton streets, from 5-9 p.m.

The event will feature four food trucks, including Hibachi Heaven, as well as beer and wine, and several local musicians, like bluegrass band the Crusty Gentlemen, who regularly perform at Seaport bar the Cowgirl Seahorse.

All the food and drinks are being donated by local businesses, so the proceeds of the event can go to the merchants association.

There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a 46-inch flat-screen TV, provided by J&R. Attendees will be encouraged to donate money as well.

“We want it to be a party and do some good at the same time,” Kahanov said. “We know they need it down here.”