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$35,000 raised at Rockin' for the Outback

More than 250 people danced to the tunes of four local rock-and-roll bands Feb. 1 at New Canaan Outback's winter fundraiser, Rockin' for the Outback, at which more than $35,000 was raised for the organization's programs.

The event, which took place at the Willows Lakeside Lounge in South Salem, N.Y., featured Lost & Found, The Miss Understoods, The Jazzholes and the students from the New Canaan School of Rock's house band, which opened the evening with "Johnny Be Good."

Later in their set, lead vocalist Addie Teolis, 10, truly captivated the audience with her rendition of Heart's "Barracuda."

The annual benefit was sponsored by William Raveis Real Estate, Baron Capital Inc., School of Rock New Canaan, New Canaan Advertiser, Hobbs Inc., New Canaan Music, First County Bank and Royal Closet.

Proceeds, including those from silent and live auctions, will be used for youth programming and needed equipment. Additional auction items will be offered online in the weeks to come.

The event also marks the first of many fundraising efforts the Outback will be making throughout the year to guarantee the continuity of its operation. The Outback is dependent on private donations as it receives less than 10 percent of its budget from the Town of New Canaan.

In 2012-13, more than 6,800 visits were made to the Outback by students and other residents to partake in activities. The mission of the Outback is to provide a positive environment where youth and adults are able to socialize, participate in entrepreneurial and enrichment activities and contribute to the community in a meaningful way.

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