To help community members in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sag Harbor Cinema Community Relief Fund will donate $250,000 over a six-month period to organizations that are dedicated to food security and emergency relief on the East End.
“We have received so much love and support from the community that it is particularly wonderful to have the ability to help others now,” said cinema chair and artist April Gornik. “Not only are these donors helping sustain our community, they have also worked with us to determine greatest need with a deeply committed, hands-on involvement.”
The ﬁrst round of grants will be made in May and funds will go toward Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, Children’s Museum of the East End, Eleanor Whitmore Center, Hamptons Art Camp, Meals on Wheels – East Hampton and Montauk, and Organización Latino-Americana. “This effort reﬂects Sag Harbor Cinema’s intention to focus on all aspects of the community it serves, and directly connects with the interests of the East End based couple who made the donation,” a press release stated.
“The cinema’s mission is to provide entertainment and artistic excellence that enhances the quality of community life in the East End. Our mission also builds community by providing an anchor institution on Main Street,” said Sag Harbor Cinema board president John Alschuler. “These funds that will provide food, childcare, and other beneﬁts, build upon that mission at this extraordinary time, and will further express our values and our mission.”
Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center is dedicated to rebuilding, maintaining, and operating the historic Sag Harbor Cinema with programming and education for all ages.
“The rebuilding of the historic Sag Harbor Cinema and its return to full operation will continue to be the priority of the organization, with its array of programs and educational opportunities designed to serve its diverse community,” the release read. “We look forward to serving our community as soon as it is safe for people to gather again.”