WESTFIELD, NJ—Last night, Westfield High School held a benefit rock concert to raise money for multiple charities. Attendees enjoyed live bands The Flying Dogs of Jupiter, The Static Jacks, Hammond and Transit Radio. The concert began at 7 p.m. and students, faculty and members of the community danced for over two hours.
The night began with a moment of silence for WHS Freshman Mark Hollaway, who died Jan. 16 from illness related to the flu. Tickets were $10 for middle and high school students and $20 for adults. The ticket money will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Half of the proceeds will go to Saint Paul's United Methodist Church of Mantoloking, NJ, which serves meals and snacks to people displaced by the superstorm. The rest of the money from ticket sales will go to Westfield High School Helping Hand Fund, which helps colleagues and students of the school community in need. Some of the money collected by Helping Hand may also go to Mark Hollaway’s mother, Angel Hollaway, to cover the cost of her son's funeral.
There were opportunities to donate to various charities during the concert, including a moment in the show when Transit Radio auctioned off a date with band member and WHS sophomore Connor Wynne.
The bands encouraged the audience to come dance in front of the stage, and students and adults alike said they had a blast.
WHS Freshman Marissa Whitford said, “The concert was so much fun and it was great to see local bands! The money went to a great cause.”
After the concert ended, the fun wasn't over. Bands Hammond and The Flying Dogs of Jupiter sold CDs outside, and a large group of teenage girls waited on line for free signed posters of The Static Jacks. Those involved said the concert was overall a huge success, and students and adults alike had a lot of fun.
Lauren Brumfield is a student at Westfield High School.