The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead is planning a benefit concert for aid agencies helping victims of Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine.

The concert, which will benefit the efforts of UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, will be held on Sunday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and are available online at or over the phone at 631.727.4343. 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the 3 organizations providing relief efforts for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

UNICEF is ensuring Ukraine’s children have access to safe water, nutrition, health care, education and protection; Doctors Without Borders is providing medical attention in Ukraine and neighboring countries where people have fled; and United Ukrainian American Relief Committee is purchasing medical supplies and equipment to send to their contacts and volunteer network in Ukraine. Upon checkout, patrons will be able to choose which organization they’d like to have the cost of their ticket support.

As of March 10, the list of performers includes G.E. Smith with Taylor Barton Smith, Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, Bryan Gallo, Amber Ferrari, The HooDoo Loungers, Corky Laing, Cassandra House and the Kerry Kearney Band. There will also be special guests and a raffle ticket auction.

Everyone involved with the show – from the theater staff to the performers to the bartenders – is working for free so that every single dollar raised from ticket sales and other donations will go directly to the cause, according to the theater.

“What’s happening right now is absolutely devastating – both for those in Ukraine as well as our Ukrainian American neighbors here with us. As a place where thousands of people from all different walks of life come together every weekend, we wanted to do what we could with what we have”, says the theater’s Executive Director, Gary Hygom. “We have a stage. We have incredibly talented and generous musicians all around us, and a community that is capable of doing a whole lot of good.”

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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