Help our colleagues hit by Hurricane Sandy

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Help our colleagues hit by Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was by far one of the worst natural disasters to hit in modern times, even surpassing Katrina for its shear economic destruction. Many of our fellow visual journalists suffered serious harm to their families and their homes as a result and we ask that you help. On Monday, December 17, 6 p.m. we will hold a fundraiser for our colleagues who were victims of Sandy. The event will take place at the Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street (near Canal Street), Manhattan and will be sponsored by The National Press Photographers Association and the New York Press Photographers Association. The evening will feature photo work by some of the great photographers in our industry who will also talk with the audience about their experiences covering Hurricane Sandy. A slide show will be accompanied by a four-piece string orchestra. All are invited to the event. Suggested donation is $20, but we will accept anything you decide to give during this holiday season. Food and drink will be provided with the help of our friends at Adorama and J&R Music and Computer World. Among those who we will help are sports shooter Al Bello who lost his entire house in New Jersey; photographer and editor Kevin Couglin suffered serious damage to his home in Long Island; photographer and videographer Mark Dye lost the entire contents of his apartment in Jersey City and his vehicle; photographer Debbie Egan-Chin lost both her home and her vehicle in Breezy Point; photographer Paul Berswell lost his home in Long Island; cameraman John Frasse of WPIX lost his entire home and his vehicles in Long Island; photographer Danny Farrell who retired from the Daily News after 50 years lost his home; Phil Stanziola who retired from the News also lost his home. These are the ones we know of at this time. Hurricane Sandy turned out to be one of the worst natural disasters in the tri-state area in nearly a century. Some of our friends lost their homes, cars, equipment and even some of their life’s work. Their efforts to restore some sense of normalcy to their lives are hampered by lack of money, low-balling by insurance, FEMA and their inability in some cases to work while they attempt to pick up the pieces of their lives. The result of this catastrophe is more difficult due to the holiday season. The NPPA is also setting up a fund to help victims of the storm through our affiliate the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF). Donations for that will go to our colleagues and their families. Those giving checks will be asked to make checks to the NPPF for distribution to those who need the money. The NPPF is a 501-C3 and thus, all donations will be tax deductible. For more information, go to www.nyppa.org or see http://www.eldridgestreet.org/ Or, email Todd Maisel at toddphoto@aol.com