Science teaches us that when you combine elements, something bigger happens as a result. This was certainly the case on Friday night, when 8th Grade Science Band combined with the 76 House and the Rockland Community Foundation together at a fundraiser to benefit those in the county impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
"After Sandy hit, I knew I wanted the band to do something to help the community." explains drummer and band manager Jeff Bloom. "When we heard the Rockland Community Foundation established an emergency relief fund, it was a logical choice to partner with them. We knew they would keep donations in the county where some our neighbors were struggling."
The 76 House contributed as well, donating gift certificates for brunch that were raffled off between sets.
In addition to cash donations, bar patrons brought coats, paper goods and non-perishable food items, which the Rockland Community Foundation delivered to People to People the following day.
At just after 1:00 am, the band finished up their last set, and Rockland Community Foundation members loaded 8 boxes of donated supplies into their cars, along with almost $300 in cash donations for the group's Community Crisis Relief Fund.
"We can't thank 8th Grade Science Band and The 76 House enough for organizing this great evening," said Foundation Vice President Rhea Vogel. "It's so important to get the word out to our community that there's a resource right here in their backyard that responds in times of crisis. Doing it in such a fun atmosphere was an added bonus!"
About the Rockland Community Foundation
The Rockland Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for all people in Rockland County by increasing charitable giving. To donate to our Crisis Emergency Fund or any of our other funds, or to learn more about the work we do in our community, visist www.rocklandgives.org