The night was hot and sultry when more than 300 guests attended the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s Diamond in the Rough benefit Saturday, each paying $250 a ticket or more for special seating. A few celebrities were in the mix, but everyone was treated like one as they entered the party through the main doors at the Playhouse and walked somewhat of a red carpet to have their pictures taken.
Waiters stood at the entrance and greeted guests with flutes of red and white wine. On the north side of the property two tents were set up, one for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the other for a formal sit-down dinner that offered a choice of striped bass or beef tenderloin with a slew of sides. A rain of shiny baubles cascaded over the tables, which were covered in white linen with floral centerpieces.
The highlight of the evening came at the start when Dalton Portella and the Bastards of Boom led a group through the Playhouse building while pounding on drums and other instruments that got the crowd rocking.
Every table was full during the dinner hour, while the actor Richard Kind called forward the honorees of the evening — Joan Lycke, the Kalimnios family, and Kevin and Maureen Sullivan — to thank them for their good deeds. At the end of the meal, the auction started, with Mr. Kind and Joy Hear serving as auctioneers. A stay at a house nestled in the hills near the Great Wall of China raised the most money at $8,500.
At 10 p.m. as the moon peeked through the leafy branches of the trees surrounding the property, desserts were served, and a band, Celtic Cross, got partyers on the dance floor to boogie.
“It was a huge success. Everyone I’m hearing from had a fabulous time,” said Diane Hausman, the president of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation. “We thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Playhouse.”