Sag Harbor Cinema Announces Community Relief Fund

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center has announced it will create a Community Relief Fund to aid with food insecurity and emergency relief on the East End. Michael Heller photo.

The Sag Harbor Cinema announced Wednesday that it has created The Sag Harbor Cinema Community Relief Fund, which will donate $250,000 over a six-month period to nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing food insecurity and emergency relief on the East End.

According to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, the community relief fund is an effort meant to reflect the 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.”

The release does not disclose the couple that offered the initial funding.

The rebuilding of the historic Sag Harbor Cinema building and its return to full operation remains the priority of the nonprofit, as is the array of programming and educational opportunities it hopes to bring to a diverse community on the East End.

“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 St. These funds that will that provide food, childcare and other benefits build upon that mission at this extraordinary time and will further express our values and our mission” said Sag Harbor Cinema Board President John Alschuler.

“We have received so much love and support from the community that it is particularly wonderful to have the ability to help others now,” added April Gornik, Cinema Chair.  “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 starting in May of 2020 and include Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, Children’s Museum of the East End, Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Hampton’s Art Camp, Meals on Wheels – East Hampton and Montauk, and OLA, Organización Latino-Americana.