Billy Crystal donates items to benefit Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society
Long Islanders got a glimpse Saturday of signed items donated by actor, comedian and Long Beach native Billy Crystal that were being auctioned off by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society.
"He grew up here in Long Beach. His brother was a teacher in the Long Beach schools. We're so happy that he donated these items," said the Society's Sue Friedman.
The items donated by Crystal, a Long Beach High School graduate, include a signed script from one of his famous movie roles, "When Harry Met Sally."
Other items included signed copies of his autobiography, "700 Sundays," which was adapted into a Tony-award winning play performed by Crystal.
"His father passed away when he was only 15 years old. And his father worked very hard, two jobs, and so they only had Sundays together as a family and he literally counted up the Sundays that he'd been sharing and spending with his father and it was ‘700 Sundays,’" Friedman explained.
There was also a photo portrait of the one-eyed green monster he voiced for Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." and "Monsters University."
"We have a saying here in Long Beach: 'I have Long Beach sand in my shoes,' and he wrote, 'I have Long Beach sand and my claws.' Oh, that was very sentimental," said the Society's co-president Karen Adamo.
Organizers said the proceeds from the auction will go toward essential restorations and operational costs to help keep the Society's museum open.
"We need work on the building. The building is over 100 years old, 100 and almost 20 years old," said co-president Jeanne Browne.
Items up for public auction are listed on charitybuzz.com through the month of February and the winner will be announced on March 1.