‘Strawberry Fields’ coming to Oceanside High School

Tribute band will perform at fundraiser


The Beatles are coming to Oceanside — sort of.

One of the Beatles foremost tribute bands, Strawberry Fields, will play a benefit fundraiser for the Susan Satriano Foundation at the Oceanside High School at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. The Satriano foundation, named for a New York City school teacher whose two children are Oceanside alumni, provides scholarships to students whose parents have undergone or are undergoing cancer treatment.

Joe Satriano, the Oceanside residents who started the foundation after his wife, Susan, died of cancer, said that over the 29 years since his wife died, he has provided more than $300,000 in scholarship money to 450 kids in 44 school districts throughout the nation.

“This has been a cathartic trip for me,” Satrinao said. “an incredible time that has given me an opportunity to speak with and help so many kids.”

Satriano said that there are three criteria for students seeking help from the foundation: they have to be graduating seniors; be accepted to a college or university of the fall term and have a parent who has died from cancer or is battling the disease.

He raised money through concerts such as the one planned for Oceanside, by selling t-shirts and copies of his book, “In Sickness and in Health,” the story of his life with his wife and her death. He wrote the book under the pen name of J.S. Russo.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and every penny goes to the foundation, he says. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.susansatrianofoundation.com or at 516-603-5520.