SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains hosted its Cruisin' Car Show on Park Avenue on Thursday evening featuring the sounds of the GoodWorks Band, founded by Scotch Plains resident Paul Lavenhar.

The band performs at events of nonprofit organizations. A percussionist since age 10, Lavenhar combines his passion for music, which he says “brings attention to issues and nonprofits doing good work,” and his 25+ years of marketing expertise, into each performance. 

GoodWorks is a rock and soul band that plays covers from Bruce Springsteen to James Brown, but also performs original music. Its name is derived from its purpose of helping nonprofit organizations that often have limited budgets and resources and have a difficult time publicizing what they do.

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The Plainfield native formed GoodWorks about two and a half years ago, with the goal to “get sponsors to help underwrite our costs and to donate to the nonprofits we help. We wanted to establish a track record first and now that we feel we’ve done that we are out actively seeking sponsorship.”

The GoodWorks Band includes:

  • John McMillan, saxophone
  • Ken Bacorn, trumpet
  • Steve Johnson, trombone
  • Wayne Lloyd, saxophone and flute
  • Road Hog, bass
  • Mike Gillette, guitar and vocals
  • Paul Ungar, piano and vocals
  • Stanley Quincy Adams, lead singer

GoodWorks has worked with the following nonprofits: Bridgeway, Alternatives in Raritan, Grateful Bites, and the Highland Park High School Orchestra, among others. Earlier this year, Lavenhar was a recipient of Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services’ 2016 Community Partnership Award. For more information, visit:

All photos by Jon Joshua.