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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Crystal unveils storm town funds

Actor Billy Crystal gave 112,000 US dollars from his family funds towards rebuilding a storm-hit area

Actor Billy Crystal has helped raise one million US dollars (£648,000) to rebuild his native beach town on New York's Long Island hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally star announced the gift to the city of Long Beach on Saturday while standing on a newly-installed patch of the town's boardwalk.

Newsday reported that 112,000 US dollars (£72,000) of the gift will come from the star's family. The remaining 888,000 US dollars (£576,000) is coming from money he helped raise at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser in March, an event that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities.

Billyl made the announcement before hundreds of beachgoers.

Officials hope part of a new 44 million US dollars (£28 million) boardwalk will be completed by mid-July.

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