July 16, 2003
Southampton College Concert: Jimmy Buffett Raises $2M "All For The Sea"
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, who headlined the 12th annual All For The Sea benefit concert at Southampton College, delighted a sellout crowd of 9000.
The net proceeds broke the mark set in 2000, the last time Buffett played at the College. This year's show also set records for the highest VIP attendance (1900) and Alumni ticket sales (2000). Since the popular concert series began in 1992, All For The Sea has raised nearly $10 million. It was Buffett who began a string of consecutive sellouts with his 1996 All For The Sea show. Since then, artists James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan have also sold out the annual benefit that aids students in Southampton College of Long Island University's nationally recognized marine and environmental science programs.
On stage to introduce Buffett was College Chancellor Robert F.X. Sillerman, who co-chaired the benefit with his wife Laura Baudo Sillerman. In May, the Sillermans announced that they were donating $20 million through their Tomorrow Foundation to the College, as part of a bold $60 million strategic plan that will transform Southampton both physically and academically. In that same spirit, Buffett said that he was donating his concert fee back to the College, as he had also done in 1996 and 2000.
"It was a fantastic show, the most financially successful fundraiser ever at Southampton College," said Provost Dan Rodas. "The concert is a great example of the College community's ability to come together as a group, pooling our various talents to help the campus grow."
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played favorites including "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and, of course, "Margaritaville," along with a covers of "Aiko Aiko," "Mexico" and "Brown Eyed Girl."
Buffett's popularity at his Southampton College shows is aided by his strong local fan base. His throng of devotees - affectionately known as "Parrotheads" - flock to his concerts in outrageous tropical outfits and flamboyant hats.
A resident of the area, the musician is very involved in the local community and is regularly seen at area fundraisers. During years when Buffett was not All For The Sea's headliner, he could be found in the VIP tent with family and friends.
All For The Sea has become a popular Hamptons tradition. Other previous performers included Crosby, Stills & Nash (1992), Tina Turner (1993), Foreigner and the Doobie Brothers (1994), Tony Bennett (1995), and the Allman Brothers (1996).
The marine and environmental sciences programs at Southampton College are acclaimed for their excellence and have produced 34 Fulbright Scholars in the past 28 years. On the doorstep of the Atlantic Ocean, Southampton College is located in one of the most ecologically beautiful but fragile areas of the country. The marine and environmental programs have capitalized on this superb natural laboratory.