Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00
Patio Daddy-O and Livestock played to a crowd of nearly 200 at the Sea Cliff Firehouse Saturday night for the sold-out IZOTE benefit concert, which raised over $7000 in funds for people in El Salvador to get cataract surgery.
“We would like to sincerely thank Patio Daddy-O, Livestock, the Sea Cliff Firehouse, Aratas Deli and all the partygoers for making it such a fun event. All the money raised will go directly to our cataract surgery project. The party and donations by friends raised over $7000, which is enough for us to provide 150 cataract surgery operations for rural people in El Salvador,” said Risa Procton of the IZOTE foundation.
IZOTE is a nonprofit corporation that assists impoverished communities in El Salvador through projects promoting literacy, health and ecological conservation. According to Procton, by the time most El Salvadorians reach the age of 40, they have developed cataracts, and most do not have access to the operation due ill-equipped hospitals. In June, members of the organization will travel to the country after having acquired surgical eye instruments and supplies to perform operations at San Pedro Hospital.Procton said that they are very thankful to have Dr. Robert Apel heading up their eye project and that he is looking forward to this summer’s surgical mission in Usulatan, El Salvador. She also said that they will need to purchase an ophthalmology biometer and Keratometer for the San Pedro hospital at a total cost of about $6000; anyone interested in donating to their cause can contact IZOTE at 917-863-7065.
A staple of Sea Cliff fundraising events, Patio Daddy-O attracted a big crowd and threw out a number of crowd pleasers. Livestock also consists of North Shore residents, and the group has been progressively gaining a following since they first began playing publicly last year. Both bands opened their sets with Beatles tunes and got the crowd out onto the dance floor with classic rock covers.
Doug Betensky, drummer for Livestock, shared his thoughts on the event.
“Anytime that you can help make a real difference in people’s lives, it makes playing music much more meaningful and much more fulfilling. I am so thankful to have been a part of this benefit.”