Billy Crystal Helps Raise $1M for Sandy-Damaged LI Beach Town

The "City Slickers" and "When Harry Met Sally" star announced the gift to the city of Long Beach on Saturday

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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Crystal made the announcement before hundreds of beachgoers.

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Billy Crystal has helped raise $1 million to rebuild his native beach town on Long Island hard-hit by Hurricane 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 reports $112,000 of the gift will come from Crystal's family. The $888,000 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 Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities.

Crystal made the announcement before hundreds of beachgoers.

Officials hope part of a new $44 million boardwalk will be completed by mid-July.

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