Cowfish Plans Benefit for Mastic Beach Couple Who Lost All in Fire

Bryan and Carol Clay.
Bryan and Carol Clay. Photo credit: Jessica Lancaster

Cowfish, the Hampton Bays bar and restaurant, is planning a benefit night on Martin Luther King Day for a Mastic Beach couple whose home was decimated and belongings destroyed in a fire last month.

Bryan Clay, a local musician known by his stage name Sickman, and his wife, Carol, came home from his birthday celebration December 8 to a house that was gutted by fire. Also a devastating loss, 14 rescue cats that Carol was caring for through the Long Island Spay & Neuter Fund died.

Clay is a Hampton Bays native who graduated from Hampton Bays High School like his brother, Timothy Bennett, who is putting on the benefit night.

Bennett said Clay had no homeowner’s insurance when the fire destroyed his guitars, piano, saxophones and more.

The benefit, which will take place from 6 to 11 p.m., will include Satchel Boogie and other bands, as well as a DJ and karaoke.

A $30 donation at the door includes food and entertainment. Half of the admission price will go toward helping the Clays rebuild their lives. There will also be a number of raffles.

Among the raffle prizes are at least three autographed guitars, including Bennett’s Gibson, which is autographed by Ozzy Osborne, Zakk Wylde, Alice Cooper and Les Paul

Gift baskets and raffle prizes are still being collected. Call 516-902-9987 to donate.

Cash donations may be made at

$30 at the door, January 20, 6 to 11 p.m. Cowfish is located at 258 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays. Call 631-594-3868 for information.

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