They were dancing in the moonlight to strains of classic rock Saturday night on the banks of the Saugatuck River, as a former Eagle helped a Levitt Pavilion crowd to soar.

Four-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Don Felder was the headliner who drew more than 1,800 people to the pavilion’s major fundraising concert. Proceeds from the event help underwrite the Levitt Pavilion’s season of more than 50 free shows through the summer.

Along with the “Night at the Hotel California” concert, Taylor Place was closed off to make room for a tent, where Tiffany & Co. co-hosted the annual pavilion’s ummer gala party. Fred and Janet Plotkin and their family, longtime supporters of the pavilion, were honored for their contributions.

“I’m very pleased,” said Fred Plotkin, who took the stage with his family to accept a proclamation acknowledging their support from First Selectman Jim Marpe. “We’ve been Westport and Weston residents since 1973. Our kids went through the Westport school system and we’ve enjoyed both towns.”

“The Levitt Pavilion was a dream that my wife had,” he said, “along with Carleigh Welsh and Freda Welsh,” he said. “They suffered through the entire process for a long time.”

“There aren’t enough words, there isn’t enough time, to tell how I feel about Janet and the Plotkin family,” said Freda Welsh, the pavilion’s executive director. “I just love them, my good friends and our best supporters.”

“We are thrilled at the honor,” Janet Plotkin said, “and thrilled that Freda and all those involved keep the Levitt such a vibrant community resource.”

“Janet is the grand dame of Connecticut theater,” said Julie Monahan, a Levitt board member, “and the work she does for both the Levitt Pavilion and the Westport Playhouse is remarkable.”

“And it’s a perfect night for another Levitt gala,” she said “Food and drink are exquisite, and the concert will be wonderful.”

“The response has been tremendous,” said Carleigh Welsh, marketing and development director. “We always get a great reception on the night of our gala, but with the new Levitt Pavilion everything is bigger and better.”

Under the lights on the Levitt stage, Felder performed a collection of classic Eagles’ hits and more. “This is a song I wrote with my old band the Seagulls,” Felder joked, at one point also referencing them as the Beagles. “Tequila Sunrise” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” were just some of the songs he performed, along with other popular standards, such as Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Pride and Joy.”

“I love the music,” said Sherri Wolfgang, a longtime Westport resident. “I love the camaraderie. I love being outside. I’ve been going to the Levitt since I was 15 years old, when it was a dirt hill.”

“The Levitt Pavilion is really very nice,” said Frank Geiger of Fairfield. “It’s a beautiful venue. It’s too bad they can’t do anything in the winter.”

“It’s a perfect thing to do on a summer’s night,” said Doreen Bray of Westport, who came with her friend, Ann-Marie Caiati of Westport.

“We come quite often,” Caiati said. “We like the different menu they have, the different types of music.”

“It’s summer,” said Diana Giampa of Fairfield. “It’s a beautiful night. Everybody should be out. We have such short summers in Connecticut.”