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November 9, 1996
College Donates Buffett Concert Proceeds to The Retreat, Group for South Fork

Contact: Jane Finalborgo or Joe Dionisio
(516) 287-8313

More than $61,000 in proceeds from Jimmy Buffett's 1996 All For The Sea summer concert at Southampton Graduate Campus were donated this week to two of Long Island's most respected non-profit organizations, The Retreat, and Group for the South Fork.

During a Nov. 9 ceremony in the Ocean View Lounge, Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chancellor of Southampton Graduate Campus of Long Island University, and Tim Bishop, Provost, presented a $30,681 check to each group. The balance of the net profit will benefit Marine Science Scholarships at the College.

"The success of this past summer's All For The Sea concert continues to benefit the Long Island community," said Sillerman. "The College is honored to donate these checks to two such worthy organizations. We all are thankful to Jimmy and to Jane Buffett, for her leadership in co-chairing the Benefit Committee."

Fundraising totals for the August 21 performance by Jimmy Buffett -- the only artist ever to donate his performance fee to All For The Sea -- exceeded any event in the College's history. The famous North Haven resident drew a sellout crowd of 8,150.

Group for the South Fork is an environmental advocacy group which protects the rural character of the South Fork, and acts as an ecological conscience for local government officials.

"Jimmy Buffett and the College have shown a lot of commitment to sustaining environmental campaigns on the East End," said Robert DeLuca, President of GSF and an adjunct professor at Southampton Graduate Campus. "The funds will be allocated to advocacy programs and to community projects."

The Retreat, a domestic violence shelter licensed by New York State, provides safety, counseling, advocacy, education and support to victims on the East End.

"This donation by Southampton Graduate Campus will support all our programs, including education in schools, and will provide safety and shelter for the women and children," said Beverly Dash, President of The Retreat's Board of directors. "We were thrilled to be associated with the concert. We're very lucky to have had Jimmy Buffett there."

Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band surpassed attendance marks for the five previous All For The Sea acts, including Tina Turner's 1993 high of 8,000.

"This donation is a great benefit to the community," said Robert DeLuca, President of GSF and an adjunct professor at Southampton Graduate Campus. "Buffett and the College have shown a lot of commitment to sustaining environmental campaigns on the East End. The funds will be allocated to advocacy programs and sustain community projects. Funding is everything."

"We only get so much money from the government, so this check is fabulous," said Beverly Dash, President of The Retreat's Board of directors. "This donation by Southampton College will support all our programs, including education in schools, and will provide safety and shelter for the women and children. We were thrilled to be associated with the concert. Anything would have been good. We're very lucky to have had Jimmy Buffett there."

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