Music and laughter coming from the Wicked Wolf Tavern could be heard two blocks away. It was a few minutes before 8 p.m., and the fifth annual benefiting the Scarsdale Teen Center was just getting started.
“It’s a pretty nice-sized crowd so far,” said Peter Finkelstein, chair of the committee that organized the fundraiser. “It’s people mingling, friends - a social scene.”
Liberal Media was warm-up for the evening’s three bands – The Offbeats, The Del Bocas and The Blueberries.
“Welcome the fifth annual Adult Night of Rock,” said DJ Jimmy Fink of 107.1 FM, the evening’s host. “Be sure to buy raffle tickets to the auction, which has a guitar autographed by Tom Petty and two VIP tickets to see Lady Gaga on 'Good Morning, America' on May 27.”
The red guitar, light in weight, carried a heavy signature near the base of its body.
“There are also tickets to the New York City Ballet ‘Jewels’ and two Yankees tickets,” Fink said before introducing The Offbeats.
Scarsdale Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser walked into the back room to observe the raffle prizes before remarking how wonderful it was that the community came together to support the Teen Center.
“This is a great Scarsdale event,” Flisser said, adding with a smile, “The music is so loud that no one can ask me about storm water.”
With The Del Bocas’ lead vocalist, Erika Radin, belting out classics like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Because the Night,” guests checked out the auction items.
Teen Center Executive Director Kendra Porter said events like this help get the word out about the Teen Center.
“I was at the Middle School recently, and the eighth graders didn’t know they could come to the Teen Center,” Porter said. “It’s important to let the community know what we offer.”
Porter looked around the crowded bar and restaurant area and smiled.
“Kudos to our sponsors, to our board members, to everyone who helped arrange tonight,” Porter said. “Kudos, and thank you.”
Porter turned to Jay Shulman, lead singer of The Offbeats, who walked over with a warm smile. “Thank you for putting this together and for getting back to us so quickly,” Shulman said.
Two bartenders danced while taking drink orders, guests took to the floor and each of the three bands kept the music flowing.
As the evening drew to a close and Wicked Wolf staff replaced the hot trays of food with plates of oversized chocolate chip cookies and an urn of hot coffee, Finkelstein smiled.
“We did better than expected,” said Finkelstein. “Every year I go into this not knowing what to expect, and I think we did pretty well.”