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Billy Joel has donated $500,000 and joined the high-powered effort to rebuild the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was damaged in a December fire.
Joel’s donation earned him the naming rights for the theater’s popcorn stand and pushed fundraising efforts up to about $2.25 million, said the Sag Harbor Partnership, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring the theater.
April Gornik, the nonprofit’s vice president, said Joel got involved after his friends in the area contacted him about the fundraising.
“We are deeply grateful because Billy Joel’s presence here in Sag Harbor has been ongoing and significant as long as I’ve been in Sag Harbor, …