On Saturday, May 8, in Tanner Park, in Copiague, 16-year old Eagle Scout candidate David Ferro worked with the EJ Autism Foundation to bring together various local bands and speakers to raise awareness of issues within the autistic community on Long Island, as his Eagle Scout project. When asked why he chose this, instead of building a park bench or some other minor task that most would do to become an Eagle Scout, he instead thought of his two autistic cousins, and incorporated his own interests and talents as a musician in this endeavor. Despite gale-force winds and a threat of rain (which never came), the event had an impressive turnout, and proved an effective fundraiser even as the tents and tarps had to be taken down, and even as heavy tables (and reporters) were being blown over by the sheer gusts. Local bands that performed included Fetchen Gretchen, Steakum Tuesday, The Jim Moran Band, The Smokin' Gun Band, and The Krispy Lettuce Band. Speakers included EJ Autism Foundation founder and president Bea Peterson, Long Island Autism Examiner/poet Marc Rosen, Deborah French, and from the Town of Babylon, Lindsay Henry, Wayne Gregory, Corrinne DiSomma, and Tony Martinez. There was also a performance of Frank Sinatra covers by talented local singer Micheal Winn. Funds raised by the EJ Autism Foundation at this event will go to four different organizations on Long Island which directly provide services to autistic children.
May 11, 2010