(Long Island, NY) The Long Island Council of Churches, our region’s largest ecumenical and interfaith organization, will host its third annual fundraiser on Thursday, October 4, 2012, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. This year’s SHARE THE HARVEST: HELPING NEIGHBORS IN NEED will raise funds to support the LICC’s Freeport Emergency Food Center and its Long Island Multi-Faith Forum educational programs that promote interfaith understanding and cooperation.
This year’s honorees are the Nassau County Bar Association (Corporate Honoree), a faithful long-time supporter of our Freeport Emergency Food Center and Nassau social services, and Mr. Arvind Vora, Chair of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum (Community Honoree). Our theme is “Celebrating Diversity on Long Island,” featuring international cuisine, live music, and silent and live auctions.
The Nassau County Bar Association is a longstanding supporter of our Freeport Emergency Food Center and social service programs for individuals and families in crisis living in Nassau. Its members include more than 6,000 attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students. Its charitable arm, the WE CARE Advisory Board, raises and distributes funds to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly and others in need throughout Nassau County. The Bar Association also offers many public education programs and law clinics on topics ranging from foreclosure prevention to elder law to preparing for citizenship interviews. Their multi-lingual volunteers offer this assistance free of charge in a wide variety of languages.
Mr. Arvind Vora is Chair of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum. Twenty years ago Mr. Vora, the Long Island Council of Churches, and Auburn Theological Seminary launched the Forum. The Forum has presented more than 280 educational programs and Multi-Faith Festivals in schools, workplaces, and houses of worship to help Long Islanders to understand one another better.
“We really appreciate all that the Nassau County Bar Association does to help our neighbors in need,” says the Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue, Executive Director of the Long Island Council of Churches. “Each week we feed hundreds of Long Islanders who badly need food assistance because they cannot make ends meet. We could not help nearly as many people without the support of the Bar Association. And the Multi-Faith Forum provides unique education, helping Long Islanders learn how to get along with each other in practical ways. With hundreds of volunteers from a dozen religions, this is a program without parallel anywhere else.”
This evening of international cuisine, live music, and silent and live auctions will benefit the LICC’s emergency food programs and its efforts to promote interfaith cooperation and understanding. Tickets are $135 per person. Please register at: www.liccharvest.com For further information about tickets, sponsorships and ads, please visit www.liccharvest.com or Sara Weiss at (516) 565-0290 x 207 or Grace Simonette at (631) 265-5823.
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