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Friday’s Rock Concert at Westfield High School Could Help Hollaway Family as Well as Sandy Victims

Planning the benefit concert are, from left, students Alex Jeffrey, Monica Ludwinski and Alexandra Palatucci and band members Connor Wayne of Transit Radio, Al Grigg of The Flying Dogs of Jupiter, Mike Maguire of Transit Radio and Jason Ruggiero of Hammond.

WESTFIELD, NJ—On Jan. 25, less than a week after students and members of the Westfield community gathered at Westfield High School to hold a vigil for WHS Freshman Mark Hollaway, who died Jan. 16 from illness related to the flu, folks will gather here once again for a happier occasion—a charity rock concert featuring The Flying Dogs of Jupiter, Static Jacks, Hammond and Transit Radio.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students in middle and high school. Donations can be made out to Westfield High School.

The event, which has been in the works for months, was planned by a team of students, faculty and staff members who wanted to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Most, if not all, of the funds raised from ticket sales will benefit storm victims.

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Half of the money will be donated to St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Mantoloking, NJ, a beacon of hope for those who have lost almost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The church serves meals to the displaced every morning and evening, as well as snacks and beverages throughout the day. The church is also helping to coordinate service efforts in the Point Pleasant/Lavalette area.

The other half from ticket sales will go to Westfield High School Helping Hand, which Westfield High School Principal Peter Renwick described as a “slush fund to support people in need in our community.”

Established last year when the community was faced with serious illnesses of both colleagues and students, Helping Hand  provides assistance in a modest way to families in the school community who are in need of help.

It is possible that some of the money that Helping Hand gets from ticket sales could go to help Mark Hollaway’s mother, Angel Hollaway, cover the cost of her son’s funeral, according to Renwick.

There will be additional opportunities to give to various charities inside the concert, as well.

Anyone who would like to give to Helping Hand specifically to aid the Hollaway family can do so by writing “Hollaway” in the check’s memo.

For more information about the concert and the charities it will benefit, visit

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