Country Harvest Concert raises $11k for Island Harvest

Click for more photos Pictured-Island Harvest founder and president Randi Shubin Dresner (second from left) addresses the crowd at the Country Harvest Concert. Dave Stuart (center) and "County Line" performed at the event. (LIR photo by Fran Berkman)

Island Harvest — Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization — gratefully accepted over $11,000 in proceeds from the “Country Harvest Concert” held Thursday, Sept. 22 at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh.

The organization feeds nearly 300,000 Long Islanders per year—168,000 of whom are living below the poverty line.

Click for more photos Pictured-Island Harvest founder and president Randi Shubin Dresner (second from left) addresses the crowd at the Country Harvest Concert. Dave Stuart (center) and "County Line" performed at the event. (LIR photo by Fran Berkman)

Click for more photos. Pictured-Island Harvest founder and president Randi Shubin Dresner (second from left) addresses the crowd at the Country Harvest Concert. Dave Stuart (center) and "County Line" performed at the event. (LIR photo by Fran Berkman)

GrooveCar, a Hauppauge-based company that helps credit union members purchase cars, partnered with Island Harvest and 15 local sponsors in hosting the concert. Over 200 people attended Mulcahy’s to support the cause.

“We are grateful to GrooveCar for helping Island Harvest address the critical issue of hunger in our local communities,” said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest.

“With thousands of families on Long Island who rely on Island Harvest to put food on their tables, we believe that this organization plays a vital role in ending hunger and reducing food waste,” said Melissa Rose, director of marketing for GrooveCar.

GrooveCar’s founder and CEO Dave Jacobson performed two musical sets at the concert. This past summer, he contacted Shubin Dresner with the idea to host a benefit concert for Island Harvest.

“We thought it would be great to not only do something that I love, but also raise money for a great organization,” said Jacobson, a frequent contributor to Island Harvest. “It was a natural fit.”

Jacobson performed with popular six-piece Long Island band “County Line” and Rocky Point native and country singer Paula Rose, who won Long Island’s Got Country competition in November 2010.

The band played the music of renowned country stars Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, The Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith. Jacobson also performed his original song “The Hero Bell Rings,” which is a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Based on the concert’s success, Rose said that GrooveCar plans to make it an annual event. Doing so, Shubin Dresner added, will further increase the education of the severity of hunger on Long Island.

“We can only help 300,000 people because of events like this tonight,” said Shubin Dresner.

Autumn is a busy time for Island Harvest, especially in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. For more information on upcoming events or to find out how to donate, visit the online home of Island Harvest.