Jason Popik & Richard Barrios
My name is Jason Popik and I'm a Phys Ed and Health teacher at a middle school on the Upper East Side.
I evacuated the morning of the storm back to my parents house on Long Island, and despite our neighborhood looking like a deforestation zone, our property was spared. Three days later I returned to my apartment at The Edge, surprised to see nearly everything in tact. Heat, hot water, and electricity were all operating as if nothing happened, and I couldn't bear to see another image, or hear another hearbreaking story, and not do anything about it.
I pitched the idea of hosting a fundraiser in the buidling for all our residents, a silent and live auction to raise money for relief efforts and victims of Hurricane Sandy. Our Amenities Directior, Richard Barrios, welcomed it with open arms, and with the full support of our building owner, management, and staff, we are working feverishly to put together a tremendously successful evening.
However, I did not want to stop there, and I believe this website creates an opportunity to raise even more money through social media. By December 15th, through the event and crowdrise.com, I hope to raise well over $150,000, and by December 25th, I hope to make a difference in the lives of my fellow New Yorkers.
Thank you again for your time, consideration, and help. It is greatly appreciated.
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