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Mega-fundraiser that aims to raise $1M for Long Island nonprofits kicks off in Westbury

Over 100 organizations that address several areas of need in the community will be participating

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WESTBURY — More than 100 non-profit organizations are pulling together to raise a million dollars to provide a wide swath of services to Long Island families facing poverty.

Philanthropists from across the island gathered in Westbury on Wednesday to kick off the Hagedorn Foundation’s One Island Giving Day, a first-of-its-kind campaign that aims to raise $1 million on Thursday.

"Mobilizing the community to help our neighbors. There are so many needs here on Long Island, ranging from hunger to homeless to poverty and often in suburban settings. Those things go overlooked," Jeffrey Reynolds of the Family and Children's Association said.

Since the fundraising event is a virtual event, donations will be accepted until Thursday via oneislandgiving.org.

Participating groups provide services to families in the arts and education, functioning solely off community contributions.

"If we don't have sponsors and contributors and people who donate money, we won't be able to survive and we won't be able to do the work that we do," said Marie Brooks of the Haitian-American Family of Long Island.

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