NY1's Political Director Bob Hardt joined writers, musicians, and artists for a Sandy relief benefit.
The event, dubbed "A Dickens Christmas for the Rockaways", raised funds for The Graybeards -- a charity based in the Rockaways which is active in the rebuilding effort.
Hardt -- who was on the frontlines during Sandy -- read from his blog, which is a first hand acount of the storm's destructive power.
The night focused on the need for unity as the area begins to heal.
"I think it's really important for people to be pitching in and trying to help out in any way they can," Hardt said. "That's what you're seeing here tonight. You have an interesting mix of singers and writers all getting together for a good cause."
"I don't know anybody here in this theater and they're giving money to us," Steve Stathis, president of the Graybeards, said. "To help us improve and rebuild our lives -- it really means something to your spirit. It lifts your spirits."
The rock star Sting donated a bass guitar as part of an auction to help raise money.