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Generosity Abounds For Scarsdale Teens

Teens enjoying the Escape Room at The Center @862 in Scarsdale.
Teens enjoying the Escape Room at The Center @862 in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Facebook/The Center 862

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – In a show of support for The Center @862 – formally the Scarsdale Teen Center, 14 Scarsdale businesses joined Presents For Purpose at a new holiday fundraiser on Dec. 8.

Board member Mary Blum hosted Presents, which specializes in stylish and meaningful gifts for him, her and the home, and then gives back a percentage of purchases to charity.

Presents, whose tagline reads, "Every Gift Benefits a Cause," designated 15 percent of sales to The Center. To create an enhanced community event, Blum enlisted the help of Scarsdale local media and businesses, and two local merchants approached Blum after the event, with offers to create additional tie-ins for the benefit of The Center.

Colonial Village Flowers and Scarsdale Village Flower Shop provided holiday decor; raffles were gifted by Colonial Village Flowers, Soul Cycle and Vintology Wine & Spirits; bites and beverages were courtesy of Balducci’s, Buon Amici Deli, De Cicco Market Place, Downtown Scarsdale Starbucks, Lange’s of Scarsdale, La-Renaissance Bakery, Martine's Fine Bake Shoppe, Patisserie Salzburg, Scarsdale Pastry Center and Standing Room Only.

The desire to fortify Scarsdale youth continued when Leslie Weissman, a mother of teens and co-owner of Presents For Purpose, offered to include The Center @862 as an eligible charity for all future online purchases.

Residents and friends from anywhere can now shop in style while making a difference to Scarsdale teens on the Presents For Purpose website .

The site also includes corporate gifting and programs, housewares, stationary, artisan chocolates, along with a wide array of personalized items. For every purchase, Presents will continue directing 15 percent of sales to The Center @862.

Offering lounges, entertainment, food and programming, The Center @862 is a substance free teen centered entertainment environment.

The Center allows high school teens to organize and run their own events, such as open mike nights featuring local talent, dances and fundraisers rent-free. Event space is also available for rent.

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