An afternoon with Linda Eder and the Nassau Pops
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“They do a great job,” said Panacciulli. “They are part of the musical class at UCPN and they’ve been with us for 10 years. Each year they develop more confidence and poise. While new members come and go, it’s been basically the same kids (David, Chris, Riva and Melissa) who have been the group’s core all these years. It’s very uplifting to see them perform and they are what this concert is all about. It makes me feel good. It’s quite an accomplishment for these kids to perform with a 60-piece orchestra.”
The Nassau Pops and UCPN have become closely aligned over the past 10 years. “Everyone knows we work with them — they are our pet project,” Panacciulli said, reflecting upon his involvement with organization. “I was looking for a charity to work with and was immediately taken with what I saw back then,” he relates. “Everyone I met there was smiling and there were so many happy faces. I was really taken by seeing people afflicted with CP. Their enthusiasm, aided by the support of the staff, really caught me. UCPN is a tremendous organization that does great work with infants all the way up to adults. We’ve developed a successful long-lasting relationship.”
As always, all box office receipts are being donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau. “This year, it’s more important than ever for us to be able to help them,” Panacciulli said. “UCPN took a big hit from Sandy. They lost three of their group homes, including the one in Long Beach, and also lost a significant portion of their funding from the state. We are fortunate to have Linda this year and aim to sell out the concert to help out with their budget woes.”
NEFCU has partnered with the Nassau Pops as the concert’s title sponsor. “NEFCU is very closely aligned with the Nassau Pops in our mission to enrich the communities and lives of the neighbors we serve. Their partnership with the Nassau Pops will enable us to donate every dollar of every ticket sold to assist UCPN,” Panacciulli said.