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East End Cares for Leyte

Survivors walk over a collapsed bridge in an

Survivors walk over a collapsed bridge in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte, Philippines last month. A benefit set to raise donations to help those affected will be held on Dec. 13 at Gurney's Inn in Montauk. (Nov. 12, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

It has been close to a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Visayas on Nov. 7, 2013, and the devastation caused by the storm to this group of islands located in the Philippines is far from abating.

Thousands of people were killed, including close to 2,000 alone in the city of Tacloban, located on the Visayan island Leyte. Much of the city has been reduced to rubble, and there is no power. For those who have survived, the likelihood of finding adequate food and shelter remains dire.

Organizations and nations around the globe have stepped forward with relief efforts, and for Long Islanders looking to directly contribute, Gurney's Inn in Montauk will be hosting a benefit for typhoon victims on Dec. 13.

It’s been dubbed “East End Cares For Leyte,” and the night is a joint effort between Paddlers for Humanity ( -- a nonprofit group that works to help children both locally and internationally -- and East End Cares (, a social media group that looks to connect volunteers with those in need. Together, the two have devised this special gathering that will donate all ticket sales toward supplying survivors in Leyte province with nourishment, medical necessities and shelter.

The night begins at 7 p.m., and will include wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and live music. (In addition, special room rates are being made available for that evening; call 631-668-2345 for details.)

Admission is $25, but further donations will be accepted (and are tax deductible), with all extra funds acquired also going strictly toward the cause. For more information, visit Gurney’s Inn online at and

Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa: 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-2345

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