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PRESS RELEASE — Staten Island Long-Term Recovery Organization

Contact: Christine Albano
Media relations, Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization
Phone: 718-877-6569

Donations From Island Restaurants Needed for Two Year Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy Memorial Event

For immediate release – Oct. 17, 2014

Members of the Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO) are busy preparing to mark the second anniversary of Super Storm Sandy with their annual “Light the Shore” memorial event on Wednesday, Oct. 29 – and are calling on Staten Island restaurants, caterers, delis, and merchants for assistance.

Local business owners are being asked to do their part and give back to the Staten Island community by providing donations of food and beverages for the annual remembrance event at the Midland Beach boardwalk from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Donations of hot or cold food, including hero sandwiches, soup, salads, and pastas, as well as desserts and refreshments, are requested for distribution at a community supper as part of the event.

The memorial gathers together dozens of LTRO members, as well as local volunteers, residents affected by the storm and their families and friends, Staten Island elected officials, as well as representatives and leaders from several city, state, and local agencies and community-based organizations to remember those who lost their lives on that fateful night and bring continued awareness and support to those that are still struggling to make it back home or rebuild new lives.

The event, which is open to the public, begins with a resiliency walk at 4 p.m. at the South Beach Boardwalk at Sand Lane and Father Capodanno near the Dolphin statue, followed by the community dinner at 5 p.m. at the picnic area at Midland Avenue and Lincoln avenues.

Following the dinner, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a service of remembrance also at the picnic area.

The event will include a collaborative moment of prayer, testimonials from survivors and affected residents, musical dedications, and appearances by local elected officials. The ceremony will end with a recitation of the names of the 26 Staten Islanders who perished in the storm and the event will culminate with the “Light the Shore” vigil at the waterfront beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Businesses interested in making a donation can contact Alana Tornello, coordinator of the LTRO at 718-702-7455 or email at to arrange delivery or pick up.

About the Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization

The Staten Island Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO) is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, faith communities, and volunteer groups that was formed in the weeks after Super Storm Sandy devastated Staten Island and its residents.

It is the LTRO’s mission to foster an effective long-term recovery of Staten Island in response to Super Storm Sandy through the distribution of resources, support, and donations from local and national donors and volunteers to those residents who are still affected and have ongoing recovery needs, as well as provide a vehicle for disaster preparedness and future emergency response.

The coalition has facilitated 90 member organizations, convened into 10 committees which each represent the perspectives of Sandy impacted residents, social service providers, community leaders, elected officials, and local and federal agencies.

Committees provide the following assistance to local residents: rebuilding and mold remediation; needs assessment; clothing and food; policy, advocacy, legal, and housing services; disaster case management; finance, mission, and structure; health, mental health, and spiritual care; immigrant services; disaster preparedness, volunteer coordination, donations management; government relations, and civic leadership.

For more information on the LTRO, residents can visit its website at, or contact Alana Tornello at
or Karen Jackson at


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