2013-12-06 / Community

Paying It Forward For The Philippines


Live music, crowds, good food and good company and even the documentary “John Cori Warned You” came together for a Rockaway Relief For The Philippines Benefit at Thai Rock restaurant and lounge last weekend. 
Photo by Dan Guarino Live music, crowds, good food and good company and even the documentary “John Cori Warned You” came together for a Rockaway Relief For The Philippines Benefit at Thai Rock restaurant and lounge last weekend. Photo by Dan Guarino Lively crowds filled the Thai Rock restaurant as it hosted a day long fundraiser for the Philippines on Sunday, December 1st.

Donations made during the Rockaway Relief for the Philippines event, which started at 2 p.m. and ran late into the evening, will go directly to Team Rubicon to aid their typhoon disaster relief work in that country.

According to filmmaker Dan Brown, who was involved in the project, the event raised $2,624.

In a ‘thank you’ message to supporters, Brown added “We also collected a couple of hundred dollars in food and supplies for the AFYA Foundation. These items are scheduled to be driven up to AFYA headquarters in Yonkers, and later delivered by air to the typhoon victims.”


Photos by Laura Deckelman Photos by Laura Deckelman A worldwide relief organization, AFYA, whose name means “good health” in Swahili, provided disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Team Rubicon was on the ground even before the storm, prepared to provide hands-on assistance to the Rockaways.

At Thai Rock, scheduled live performances by musicians who donated their time and talent included Button Down Runner, Solshyne, Keegan & Soogs, Walker Hornung and the Brotherhood of the Grape, Christine Sweeney, Alive N Kickin, Grim Pickens and the High 5.

The day also included a special encore presentation of Dan Brown’s documentary, “John Cori Warned You.” Through poignant images and the words of those who experienced Sandy, it tells the story of that storm’s devastating impact on the Rockaways and what has happened since.

For many it formed a backdrop to more clearly comprehend the destruction in the Philippines.

According to official reports the death toll from mid-November’s Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest on record, reached at least 5,680 with 1,757 others missing.

The United Nations reported that at least 14 million people have been affected by the disaster, including 1.8 million displaced children.

The Rockaway Relief for the Philippines was supported by a number of individuals, businesses and organizations that included Thai Rock owners Robert and Metta Kaskel, John Cori and Eddie Pastore of Friends of Rockaway Beach, Dan Brown and others.

Summing up the response to the relief campaign, Brown said, “Our community (of Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point) has a lot to be proud of. We handle disaster and tragedy with grace and dignity, and we are there for others in their time of need.”


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