A local singing event that has raised about $10,000 for East End Hospice during its first two years returned for a third Saturday.
Sing East End 2012 is an event where people buy a ticket to either watch other people singing or sing themselves on stage at the historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall on Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead.
Doug Wald of Riverhead, a senior director of Internet marketing for CA Technologies, as well as an accomplished Karaoke singer himself, organizied the event, in which people sing Karaoke for charity.[nggallery id=336 template=galleryview]
He became a fan of karaoke only a few years ago, and now knows more than 150 songs. He became a fan of East End Hospice, a Westhampton Beach-based nonprofit that provides end-of-life care, when his late mother fell ill several years ago.
“This is my way of giving back, for all the things they did for my mother and my family,” he said.
A number of local restaurants donated food, including Farm Country Kitchen, CK’s Deli and Catering, Digger O’Dells, Jerry and the Mermaid, Buoy One Seafood, Carlo’s of Riverhead, Signature Bagels, and Country Rotisserie, Mr. Wald said.
Sing East End 2012 was hosted by Ginny Naugles, a hostess at Outerbanks and Lobster Roll, and James Ruggerio, a dining host at Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Street.
The music was provided by Mike “Flip” Gadzinski of Flipside Karaoke, a host at Jerry and the Mermaid and Cody’s.