Help Our Colleagues Hit By Hurricane Sandy

Dec 12, 2012

Photo organizations, colleagues raise money through photographs

NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2012) - Hurricane Sandy was by far one of the worst natural disasters to hit the American coast in modern times, even surpassing Hurricane Katrina for its shear economic destruction. Some of our fellow visual journalists suffered serious harm to their homes and families, and as a result we ask that you help.

On Monday, December 17, at 6 p.m., a fundraiser will be held for the benefit of our colleagues who were victims of Sandy. The event will take place at the Museum At Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street (near Canal Street), in Manhattan. The benefit will be sponsored by The National Press Photographers Association and the New York Press Photographers Association.

The evening will feature photography work by some of the great photojournalists in our industry, who will also talk with the audience about their experiences covering Sandy. A slideshow will be accompanied by a four-piece string orchestra. Photographers from The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Getty Images, Associated Press, Reuters, and others will participate.

The event is open to the public,and all are invited to attend. The suggested donation is $20, but any donation will be accepted during this holiday season. Food and drink will be provided with the help of our friends at J&R Music and Computer World, Joe McNally Photography, and others.

Among those who we will help are sports photojournalist Al Bello, who lost his entire house in Long Island; photographer and editor Kevin Couglin, who suffered serious damage to his home in Long Island; photographer and videographer Mark Dye, who lost the entire contents of his apartment in Jersey City along with his vehicle; photographer Debbie Egan-Chin, who lost both her home and her vehicle in Breezy Point; photographer Paul Berswell, who lost his home in Long Island; cameraman John Frasse of WPIX-TV, who lost his entire home and his vehicles in Long Island; and photographer Danny Farrell, who retired from the Daily News after 50 years and lost his home.

Sandy turned out to be one of the worst natural disasters in the tri-state area in nearly a century. Our colleagues’ efforts to restore some sense of normalcy to their lives has been hampered by lack of money, problems with insurance companies, FEMA, and in some cases their inability to work at the same time they’re trying to rebuild their lives. The aftermath of this catastrophe is also more difficult because of the oncoming holiday season.

NPPA has also set up a fund to help victims of the storm through our non-profit affiliate, the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF). Donations to the NPPA/NPPA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund will go directly to our colleagues and their families. Those giving checks will be asked to make them payable to the NPPF for distribution to those who need the money. The NPPF is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, so all donations are tax deductible. 

For more information go to www.nyppa.org or see www.eldridgestreet.org. You can also eMail Todd Maisel at toddphoto@aol.com.