Music lovers and veteran supporters filled La Superica in Sag Harbor on Friday night and the on Saturday night.
In Sag Harbor, was organized by former military wife Carrie Ann Salvi (the photographer) and promoter and designer Matty Stromberg of Living Out East, Over $3,000 was raised for 911 Veterans, a Long Island based non-profit that assists returning veterans with much needed financial support.
Local bands The Realm, The Montauk Project, and Dizzy Chicken donated their time and talents, and the event received support from many local businesses as well in the form of raffle donations. La Superica, closed for the winter, opened the bar for the evening to support the cause.
On Saturday night, Springs resident Megan Collins, along with a group of local musicians, supported veterans by gathering funds and musical instruments at the Talkhouse.
The group raised over $4,000 for their “adopted” USMC unit that will be deployed in Afghanistan during the holidays.
According to Collins, the "wish list" included items to assist with their mission overseas, such as a wrist GPS, rather than the comfort items she expected them to request.
The group also collected for veterans in VA homes. After collecting and distributing instruments during a previous drive, the music made was found to be profoundly helpful in easing their physical and emotional pain.