Don’t miss the Brown Bag Bal
Baycrafters Al Rand, Ken Budny, Fran Fosmire, Geoffrey Marschall and Richard Dallin ahead of their Brown Bag Ball in 2015.

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Don’t miss the Brown Bag Bal



It’s a Bellport winter tradition that’s been going strong for 29 years. The Baycrafters, a local nonprofit, will hold the annual Brown Bag Ball this Saturday, Jan. 20, from 7-11 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church Hall on South Country Road.

All you need to get in is $10 and a bag of dry or canned goods to donate. The rest is up to you: bring your dancing shoes, snacks and libations for a good cause. Deejays Des and Linda of Burke Entertainment will be spinning swing, rock ’n’ roll and ‘80s favorites, and whatever else is requested.

All are welcome to the annual charity event, which benefits food pantries at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Joseph the Worker R.C. Church and Mary Immaculate R.C. Church. Bellport United Methodist Church will get a portion of the money collected, as will the food pantry churches.

One of the organizers, Rich Dallin, said that over the years, the group has collected nearly 53,000 pounds — that’s 25 tons — of food and upwards of $20,000 to benefit those in need.

In years past, over 100 people have attended the event — even during a blizzard once. “It’s a good time and for a good cause,” Dallin said. He added that even if you can’t make the event, you can drop off a bag of donations — think canned soup, vegetables, and dry goods like rice and pasta. 

For more information on the event, contact Dallin at 631-286-0302.