continued their holiday season generosity by hosted the second annual “Rock 4 Toys” event on Friday. A string of local bands performed in the high school auditorium to raise money for the US Marine Corps' Toys for Tots.
Students paid either $10 or brought a toy donation to give to Toys for Tots, an organization that collects new toys for less fortunate children.
“I was glad to give my money to a good cause,” said one SHS senior who attended the show.
The night kicked off with a performance by This Side of the Story, which was then followed by Score 24. Although the crowd was small, the fans who attended the event had a blast. The lead singer of Score 24 got fans on their feet and had everyone dancing and rocking.
Most of the audience was incredibly enthusiastic to see the final act of the evening, Patent Pending. This band originated in Suffolk County and features Syosset High School’s own graduate Travis McGee as bassist. Their fast-paced original songs were met with screams and applause from endearing students and fans. After the show’s official end, the band continued to play for fans in the parking lot.
Between each act, students from the Peers as Leaders class and the Peers Reaching Out program told jokes and raffled away prizes to audience members. Proceeds from pizza and water sold benefitted Toys for Tots, and the bands offered merchandise themselves.
“The show’s awesome; Patent Pending is the best!” said Marissa Greenberg, one alumnus of Syosset High School who enjoyed her evening.
The concert served as an innovative way to get members of the community to help those in need this holiday season.