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Manilow Gives $25G to NYC Neighborhood

October 9, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry Manilow has donated $25,000 to help families who were displaced by a fire on the high holy day of Yom Kippur in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he grew up.

The singer made the donation to a fund that the American Red Cross will administer, his publicist and the Red Cross confirmed Thursday.

Manilow, who was born Barry Alan Pincus, donated the money after ``he read the headlines in the newspaper about the fire on a street a block from where he lived,″ said his publicist, Jerry Sharell. ``He wanted to help the victims who were left homeless recover.″

No civilians were injured in the Saturday night blaze in Williamsburg, which damaged three buildings and a synagogue. Many of the displaced families are Orthodox Jews.

Leslie Gottlieb, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said the money will be used for immediate emergency needs, such as food, medicine, clothing and shelter. As of Thursday, she said, the agency had registered 103 people who needed help. She said that number likely would go up.

``We are grateful,″ Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Organizations, told the New York Post. ``It’s wonderful that people remember their roots.″

The 57-year-old entertainer, know for such ballads as ``Looks Like We Made It″ and ``Mandy,″ now lives in Palm Springs, Calif. His latest release is ``Manilow Sings Sinatra.″

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