MINEOLA, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — An upcoming event on Long Island will raise money for residents of Japan, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with flutist Koaki Shinkai who says she will put her heart and soul into the performance

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Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Long Island Conservatory of Music stood with Japanese community leaders Thursday as they announced a benefit art show and concert to help those in Japan who have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

The event, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Long Island Conservatory of Music in Albertson, and will feature an art show at 4 p.m. and a classical music concert at 6 p.m.

All proceeds will be sent to the Japan relief effort.

“The heartfelt condolences of Nassau County residents go out to the families of those who lost their lives in Japan,” said Mangano. “I encourage all of our residents to visit the benefit and make a donation to help those in Japan who are desperately in need of our assistance.”

Among those scheduled to perform is Japan native and flutist Koaki Shinkai.

“I was born and raised in Japan, my parents and sister’s family live in Japan,” she said. “We’re going to put our heart and soul into this performance,” she said.

Maggie Yamamoto, of Roslyn, said her relatives in Japan and others really need help recovering from the catastrophe. “I’m just encouraging them, that life has to go on,” she said.

“The Japanese people are going through a horrible situation. It is something that has touched us deeply and we all need to help in any way that we can,” said Long Island Conservatory of Music President Minsun Kim.

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