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Annual charity concert at Eisenhower Park postponed due to rain again

Nassau County and Long Island Cares were set to honor National Food Bank Day and Long Islander Harry Chapin with a free concert, but the weather had other plans.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2022, 1:05 AM

Updated 654 days ago

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Rain postponed an annual charity concert Tuesday night at Eisenhower Park for the second time this year.
Nassau County and Long Island Cares were set to honor National Food Bank Day and Long Islander Harry Chapin with a free concert, but the weather had other plans.
The annual tribute concert was originally set for July, but was canceled due to storms.
The free concert was also set up to be a food donation drive for Long Island Cares.
Attendees were asked to bring donations of nonperishable food.
Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, said just because the concert was canceled doesn't mean the need to help Long Islanders with food insecurity went away.
"Concert or no concert, there are 230,000 on Long Island who are struggling with food insecurity," Pachter said.
The concert is in honor of National Food Bank Day, which Nassau County renamed to honor beloved Long Islander Harry Chapin.
This July marked 41 years since Chapin died in a crash on the Long Island Expressway. He died the day he was supposed to perform on the very stage that now bears his name.
Pachter said he was supposed to meet Chapin on that day to talk about efforts to end food insecurity on Long Island, a cause Chapin championed.
"I was the president of the Social Work Association for Nassau County, and I was going to talk to him about getting social workers involved in Long Island Cares," Pachter said.
Today, Pachter leads the effort to continue Chapin's mission, asking concertgoers to bring non-perishable food items with them when they come to enjoy the free music and honor Chapin's memory.
The concert has been rescheduled for Monday Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.


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