It’s hard to get away from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Even those with power and no damage to their homes have been driving past local landscapes severely scarred by the storm, waiting on gas lines for hours, sheltering friends and relatives till they can return home or simply watching the news. The path back to normal is a bit longer this time around and many of our neighbors need some help.
Dan’s Papers Best of the Best Party has long been scheduled for Thursday, November 15. Pre-Sandy planning included more bands than ever before and the first opportunity for the general public to attend the party, which in the past was reserved strictly for winners of the Best of the Best contest. With hors d’oeuvres by Mazzu Caterers, and an open wine-tasting bar stocked by several of the most popular East End wineries, a cash bar and bands galore, this party is certainly a “do not miss” on anyone’s social calendar.
What do you do with a platform like this during a time of need? You lend a helping hand of course. With this in mind, Dan’s Papers Best of the Best celebration is being turned into an opportunity for anyone attending to help make life a bit easier for many of our neighbors. Guests to the Best of the Best Party are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for donation. These will be collected by Dan’s Papers and distributed via our delivery team to food pantries across the East End. We are also happy to accept gift cards to local supermarkets, gas stations, department stores, etc. This way the Best of the Best celebration can also be the best kind of party during what for many is not the best of times.
This is already a hard time of the year to provide for the many families who make regular use of local food pantries, and Hurricane Sandy added to this challenge. Not only will more families be looking for aide but also, with Thanksgiving approaching, many local pantries try to supply items so their clients can celebrate a traditional holiday meal. Evelyn Ramunno, Director of the Sag Harbor Food Pantry, agrees that this winter will be difficult.
“Pantries will need all kinds of dinner items, stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes, canned peas, anything goes,” she says. “Stuff to bake with, sugar, cinnamon, pie crust mix, etcetera.” Any of these items or whatever you have on hand that is nonperishable can be brought to the Best of the Best Party.
Along with collecting for the local food pantries, Dan’s Papers is teaming up with Gurney’s Inn and some Montauk residents to raise funds for the daughters of Edith Wright of Montauk. Wright died when she was apparently swept out to sea during Hurricane Sandy on October 29. Plans for a dedicated fundraiser to be held at Gurney’s are under way and information on this event should be available at the Best of the Best party. With the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton setting up an account for the girls at Suffolk County National Bank, the full donation amounts will go directly to benefit her daughters, who also lost their father several years ago. Direct donations will be accepted at the Dan’s Papers Best of the Best party, and there will also be a 50/50 raffle held during the event to raise additional funds.
Anyone wishing to make donations without attending either the Dan’s Papers Best of the Best Party or the soon-to-be-announced fundraiser can write a check to the Kiwanis Club of East Hampton NY East End foundation. In the memo write: Edith Wright Fund and send to:
Kiwanis Club of East Hampton NY
P.O. Box 1902
East Hampton, NY 11937
For more information and tickets to Dan’s Best of the Best Party, visit danshamptons.com/bestofthebestparty.