Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank hosted students from Long Island school districts, grades 1-4, bringing 700 children to a free concert on November 3 at Staller Center to raise awareness of children’s hunger and food insecurity on Long Island.
Island Federal Credit Union sponsored the event, with Bret Sears, Island Federal Credit Union CEO and President; Paule Pachter, Long Island Cares CEO and President; Alan Inkles, Director of Staller Center; and Paul Newland, Outreach Director, Staller Center, all working with staff to help bring the myriad of students to the Main Stage Theater for the show.
Thirty-one buses brought children from five school districts to attend the 10:30 am concert by Tom Chapin and Friends. Children came from Riverhead, Hauppauge, East Islip, Eastern Suffolk BOCES and Brookhaven School Districts. They brought donations of kid-friendly, non-perishable food to help support the 70,000 children in need on Long Island. Long Island Cares’ mascot AsparaGus joined Wolfie to greet children as they arrived.
Children, teachers and chaperones filled up the Staller Center Main Stage, singing along with guitar-playing Tom Chapin, who began the concert with a song about catching the bus on time. He delighted the children by inviting them to sing and clap to the music.