by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Arts/Culture, Causes
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Alec Baldwin continues to lay down money in East Hampton for the community and its organizations. Recently, the actor donated $250,000 to the East Hampton Library’s soon-to-be children’s wing.

Construction to the children’s section will include an addition of more than 2,000 square feet to the existing children’s room, more than 10,000 books, new computers and seating just to name a few. The entire library will also become handicapped accessible by adding a second elevator and creating 16 more parking spaces.

Baldwin’s donation may sound familiar; as this isn’t the first time he’s helped the library. In 2010, he gave $25,000 for this latest addition.

Of course we know the actor makes a great deal of money for his acting roles, but according to a statement from the library, the donation money came from all of the proceeds from his Capital One Bank’s Venture Rewards credit card commercial.

“He has earmarked all of the proceeds from the promotion to the funding of arts and cultural organizations,” the statement read.

In addition to the library, he has donated at least $750,000 for a variety of East Hampton organizations. For example, in May he gave $250,000 to Guild Hall, where performances, films, readings and exhibitions are put on display. Arts education and other activities are also provided at the Hall. Other organizations that received money include The New York Philharmonic, the Roundabout Theater and the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Besides giving money, Baldwin serves as the honorary co-chair of the library’s Children’s Addition Committee and is the co-founding of the library’s ‘Authors Night’ fundraiser.

“Over the last several years, Alec has been a tremendous supporter of the East Hampton Library,” said library executive director Dennis Fabiszak. “We greatly appreciate this generous donation for the library’s Children’s Addition, which will enable us in our ongoing mission to continue to provide outstanding library services to the East Hampton community.”

In May, the library board announced it had raise about $4 million for the construction, only half of what was needed. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2012 and hopefully completed by late spring 2013.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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