A Long Island singer-songwriter who had a successful Kickstarter campaign for her new album followed up on her pledge to donate 5 percent of the funds raised to Hurricane Sandy relief.
Lauren Kinhan gave $500 Monday to the Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund, a Southampton charity that brings help to the victims of Superstorm Sandy on Long Island and farther afield. Co-founded by Romi Sloan, of Southampton, and Kym Smith, of East Quogue, the group helps in many ways, such as donating cash, supplies, furniture — and hands-on labor.
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"They have been driving back and forth from Southampton to the Rockaways since November bringing building supplies, coats, furniture, volunteers, you name it," Kinhan wrote in her blog. "They made a difference in the post trauma and continue to do so months after the event. They are dedicated to the cause and I am thrilled to personally support and endorse their passionate efforts."
The Kickstarter campaign began in November, and when it came to a close on Dec. 17 Kinhan had raised more than $17,500 for the album, named "Circle in a Square." Five percent amounted to about $875, so in addition to the $500 for Hamptons Hurricane Relief Fund, Kenhan wrote that she and co-producer Elliot Scheiner also "outfitted St. Frances de Sales School in Rockaway with their early learning music instruments they lost in the Hurricane’s wake."