Numerous municipalities throughout the Upstate New York region suffered devastating and catastrophic damage due to the rains brought by Hurricane Irene last month. Some areas, such as Scoharie and Endicott, that are struggling to reconstruct their cities and return to a sense of normalcy.

In the last few days, they’ve found common allies in the worlds of late night television and mixed martial arts.

Last night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” the titular host (who is something of an important figure in my life but that’s a story for another time) devoted a six minute segment to the plight of Scoharie and gave viewers information on how they can contribute. As local residents may recall, Scoharie was featured on the program when Letterman did a segment in 2002 where he bused in residents to be members of his studio audience.

Video courtesy (note: no embeddable clip available). For information and to donate to the Scoharie Recover Fund, click here.

And this past Saturday, after retaining his UFC Light Heavyweight championship against former champion and MMA legend Quinton Jackson in dominating and impressive fashion, Jon Jones sent a message to his hometown of Endicott, NY and the viewers at home.

“My heart is with you,” he told the residents of his hometown.

He then encouraged viewers at home to donate to recovery efforts, specifically the Broome County Council of Churches.


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